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MacArthur got half a million

Corregidor. 1941. General Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated Manila before the onrushing Japanese invaders, fled to the island fortress that guards Manila Bay. Under bombardment there, he radioed appeals to Washington for help. No help could come. It was one of the darkest points of World War II in the Pacific. MacArthur talked of dying at his post.

With MacArthur and the doomed garrison on Corregidor was MacArthur's old friend Manuel Quezon, 63, the first President of the Philippines. Quezon, suffering from tuberculosis, wanted a ship to evacuate him, but MacArthur said it was too risky. The U.S....

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