Oral History Interview with O. H. King, September 28, 2002 Page: 12
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Williams and I wanted no part of a cave. We found a ditch and sat
out the earthquake. Then we decided that we had better get ourselves
over to Corregidor. Hindsight says we should have gone the other
way, gone into the jungle and joined the guerillas, but so be it. So we
went down a trail to the waters edge and found a log to put our packs
and rifles on. We paddled across the 2 '/2 miles to Corregidor. We
almost got shot in getting out of the water because they didn't know
who was coming ashore. We identified ourselves, and as it turned out
it was "L" Company, 3" Battalion, our original assigned company.
The skipper, Captain Keen, told us to go down to the extreme left end
of his position and set up a 50 caliber machine gun. I said, "OK sir,
where do we get the gun?" He said, "Go find one." We found a PBY
that had been scuttled, and fount an air-cooled 50 off of that. Back at
our company position, we found a spot, 60 feet up a cliff to build our
What is a PBY?
A Navy flying boat, which was more of an observation plane than
anything else. I've been on them, in fact we went from Tientsin,
China, to Manila on one. We built this pit, the idea being 60 feet up
we could fire down into any landing barges. We loaded the
ammunition in 10 round belts. Being an air-cooled, we didn't want to
fire more than ten rounds at a time, if that many. We loaded them
with a ball and armor piercing tracer, armor piercing and another ball,
so we could see where we were firing. I shot down a Zero with that
and Captain Keen came up there and ripped me up one side and down
the other and back again, and spit out the little pieces. He said, "You
are a beach defense gun, not an anti-aircraft gun, and those SOB's on
Bataan know where you are now." Next day, sure enough, they
dropped a stick of bombs right around our pit, but they didn't do any
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Graham, Eddie & King, O. H. Oral History Interview with O. H. King, September 28, 2002, text, September 28, 2002; Fredericksburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth193883/m1/13/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation.