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Wainwnght Tells Story
Of Retreat Back In Dec.
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ere Jap tanks. My dusty Packard
dan would have offered small
resistance to them if I had en
countered them head-on, on the
I ®ot into the village aware that
least some elements of the ene
8 were now between me and
Bataai . hut could not find Gen.
Selleck. Nor could 1 find my Sev
itv-First Division troops.
e!gul me Twenty-Sixth Cavalry
there, with little Col. Pierce
'' l in the thick of furious
ombat with the vanguard of the
main Jap force. The Twenty-Sixth
had been in action since daylight,
protecting the retreat of the Sev
Ly.First to the Agno. By the
time i reached it, the Twenty-Sixth
s reduced to not more than 450
I ordered Pierce to get his truck
train and his wounded men out as
auickly as possible and hold his
position as long as he safely could
and still be able to withdraw his
remaining men. When the time
came to withdraw, he would back,
to the Agno, 15 miles below i
him cross the bridge, destroy it
and’ hold the south side of the
Pierre held that position at Bina
lonan against overwhelming odds
until 3:30 on the afternoon of De
cember 24, by which time he had
forced the Japs to deploy the ad
vance guard of their main column
and to begin the deployment of
the whole main assault body.
Here was true cavalry delaying
action, fit to make a man’s heart
sing. Pierce that day upheld the
best traditions of the cavalry ser
vice, and his action led to his
being raised to the rank of briga
I stayed at Binalonan with him
for two or three hours and then
returned to my Alcala headquar
ters. En route I passed along the
south bank of the Agno and as 1
crossed the main north-south high
way at Carmen I noted that Jap
planes had bombed the mile-long
bridge over the Agno between Car
mel. and Villasis. They had de
stroyed the south span of the vital
bridge, blowing it off its abutment.
It was a time for cursing our
luck, because the Eleventh Divi
sion would have to cross that
1 bridge on the night of December
24-25 in its withdrawal south
But while I was standing there,
viewing the damage, Col. Skerry,
my engineer chief, loomed out of
nowhere He was already making
plans for temporary repair of the
UilU&c. n.i me oonic uiiic waa
having charges placed under the
undamaged part of the bridge so
he would be ready to blow it as
soon as the Eleventh got across, or
blow n if the Japs got to the river
before the Eleventh did.
Frorr ‘hat point I got in touch
with my Alcala headquarters and
ordered it moved back to Bamban,
a short distance south of Fort
Stotsenburg. I told my operations
officer, my signal officer and a
few enlisted men to wait at Alcala
I reached Alcala on the evening
of December 24. Christmas Eve
always was something of an event
around our home in the good days,
and now I found my mind going
back over those memories of a
Christmas tree, the arrangement
of our boy’s toys, the carefully
wrapped packages for my wife,
and all the things that go with a
family on that night.
So I got in touch with Necker
at DCA in Manila. He was closing
up. The city had been declared an
open one. But he was kind enough
to get through a message to Adele.
I remember it because it was
the last time I was able to wire
less her directly for three awful
I was hot, dirty and hungry
from the day’s fighting, worrying
and traveling. But the food which
my headquarters comman.dant
was supposed to send up from
Bamban upon his arrival there
failed to come. We went to bed
that night without dinner.
On Christmas morning, 1941, a
tank officer came past my skele
tonized headquarters and gave us
a Christmas present. It was a can,
Of beans. Our little force, includ
ing Cols. Frank Nelson and Josh
Stansell, split it up. It was Christ
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My withdrawal plan toward Ba
aan was divided into five phases,
designated as Dl, D2, D3, D4 and
Dl called for a withdrawal to a
line along Urdaneta, San Carlos
and Aguilar, about midway be
tween the base of Lingayen Gulf
and the Agno. D2 was a line be
hind the Agno. D3 reached from
San Jose to Santa Ignacio and ran
through Zaragosa, La Paz and
Tarlac to the high ground west of
Tarlac. D4 stretched across the
broad valley leading down from
Lingayen Gulf from Bamban on
the west to Sibul Springs at the
foot of the mountains to the east.
It was unlike any of the text
wuuft. icuctus i naa siuaiea ax xne
War College and at Leavenworth.
It differed from the retreat of
Gen. McDowell’s Army from the
First Battle of Bull Run in that
that had been a rout. Nor was it
like Pope’s retreat after the Sec
ond Battle of Bull Run, or Lee’s
withdrawal from Gettysburg.
In these classic retreats the ob
ject was to get away from the
enemy by speed of movement.
Moving down toward Bataan we
ing the enemy as long as practi
cable, not only to permit Gen.
able, not # only to permit Gen.
Jones’ South Luzon force to clear
around Manila Bay and got into
Bataan, but also to enable Maj.
Gen. George M. Parker to prepare
our Bataan defenses for us. Ours
was more withdrawal than retreat,
withdrawal with delaying actions
all the way. But even that hurt
deeply. It was hard for an Ameri
can to get used to.
Withdrawal to Line D1 was to be
completed on the night of Decem
ber 23-24; D2 on the night of Dec
ember 24-25; D3 the next night;
D4 the night of the 27-28th and D5
two nights later, the last two with
drawals subject to cancellation in
case we should hold those D4 and
We completed withdrawals Dl,
D2 and D3 without incident, but
the Japs hit us heavily at D4
especially at Cabanatuan on our
right flank. The Ninety-First Di
vision took .the brunt of the Jap
tanks, cavalry and infantry, and
gave ground to Capan, ten miles
south of Cabanatuan. Later the
same evening, December 29, the
Ninety-First was attacked again
and was routed. Our busses, load
ed to their ceilings, hauled' the
survivors 20 miles farther south,
where the division commander ral
lied what was left of his force.
Flank In Peril
My right flank was in such peril
that I immediately ordered a gen
eral withdrawal to D5, the Bamban
line, on the night of December
30-31. That night Bonnett and about
1,000 troops of the Twelfth and
Thirteenth Infantry Regiments,
trapped up the Kennon Road two
weeks before, rejoined us and were
placed with the Eleventh Division
along the D5 line.
The Ninety-First was reformed
east and south of the Pampanga
River, but for some reason which
I’ve never been able to fathom
MacArthur’s headquarters direct
ed that I was not to employ the
Ninety-First’s artillery units. 1
therewith ordered the Ninety
First’s artillery to withdraw at
once to Bataan.
The South Luzon force, with
dtawing northward toward San
Fernando Pampanga to reach the
only road down which it could
travel to Bataan, had to cross the
Pampanga River by means of the
Calumpit bridge to reach San
Fernando Pampanga and the
homestretch of the escape road to
Bataan. The bridge was a serious
bottleneck. The Japs knew it and
started for it, bent upon trapping
a large part of the South Luzon
We had to protect that bridge,
and San Fernando Pampanga.
With the 500 men left of the Nine
ty-First Division, plus a regiment
of the Seventy-First Division and a
battalion of fieli artillery, I took
a position along the Pampanga
River north of Baliaug at 11
o’clock on the night of Decembei
30, while the South Luzon force
moved as quickly as possible over
the bridge and through San Fer
n a n d o Pamparga. During the
night a company of the One Hun
dred and Ninety-Second Tank
Battalion was added to this de
fense. „ _
At 10:30 on the morning of De
cember 31 the Japs attacked. The
Ninety-First, somewhat reinforc
ed, held its position all day in
sharp fighting, while Gen. Jones’
South Luzon men ran what
amounted to a gauntlet. By mia
night the majority of Gen Jones
men were safely through San Fer
n a n d o Pampanga, protected by
the successful stand of the Elev
jnfv. and Twenty-First Divisions
north of the town.
I welcomed in the dreary new
year of 1942, which was to see us
fall and become the victims of
barbarous captivity, by ordering
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the Southside Baptist church and
had been a resident of Wilmington
for the past 35 years.
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tary, Jr., Raymond Jackson, W. E.
Styron and Earl Brown.
Surviving are two daughters,
Mrs. Barton Johnson, and Mrs.
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mington and John A. LaClair,. of
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day morning, will be conducted
this morning at 11 o’clock at the
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tist church. Interment will follow
in Bellevue cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be I. D.
Shepard, H. Edge, L. L. Wood, R.
E. Batson, E. L. Avery, and F. W.
Honorary pallbearers will include
H. H. Caison, W. W. Highsmith, J.
D. Hobbs, H. Turner, W. Ronald
Lane, and Dr. W. C. Mebane.
Surviving are two sons, I. B. and
J. W. Strickland of Wilmington.
the plucky Ninety-First to begin
its own withdrawal over the Ca
lumpit bridge and to be done with
it before daylight.
I was at the bridge at dawn as
the last elements of the Ninety
First Division crossed. The last
truck, one of the civilian ones 1
had earlier commandeered, stop
ped at the edge of the bridge and
reported to me that it had been
fired upon by a Japanese patrol
at a crossroad about 500 yards
away. I adjusted my field glasses
and in the early light of the morn
ing I could see the enemy patrol,
the tip of the Jap advance guard,
coming at us.
“Blow it,” I told Col. Skerry.
But he hesitated, and then in
formed me that Maj Manzano, of
the Fourteenth Engineers, a fine
Philippine Scout officer, and a
platoon of fellow engineers were
tween Manila and this escape
bridge, and blowing H would cut
I looked again at the approach
ing Japs and had' to choose. j
“Blow it now,” I repeated. It
was just 6:15 a.m.
The bridge came down into the
river with a deafening roar and
the Jap force had the wide, deep
and unfordable Pampanga be
tween them and us. Our forces
above San Fernando Pampanga
held throug that day and' with
drew the following night toward
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