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5.0 out of 5 stars Retaking The Rock, December 3, 2008
This review is from: Back to Corregidor: America Retakes the Rock (Hardcover)
In Back to Corregidor author Gerard Devlin tells the story of the recapture of "The Rock" by American forces in February, 1945. Devlin served with the 503rd PIR in the 1950s and was thereby qualified to write a history of his unit's most conspicuous action.

Devlin thoroughly relates the details of the daring low-level parachute drop on the parade field and golf course landing areas and the travails of clearing an island of a well entrenched enemy determined to sell their lives dearly in the face of U.S. firepower. In combination with the 34th Infantry Regiment the 503rd PIR faces snipers, banzai attacks and ultimately the suicidal explosion of Japanese ordnance at Monkey point, which devastated an entire battalion.

After the fighting subsides, we see Macarthur returning to Corregidor for the flag raising ceremony, having come full circle in the three years since he left The Rock in a PT boat during the dark days of 1942.

Devlin's focus is mostly on the Corregidor assault and battle, with an overview of the formation and history of the 503rd and their earlier actions. For a fuller treatment of the 503rd's actions at Nadzab, Noemfoor and Mindoro see Flanagan's Corregidor: The Rock Force Assault.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT VIEW OF CORREGIDOR'S RECAPTURE., May 15, 2012
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HISTORY GOURMET (PENNSYLVANIA,U.S. OF A.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Back to Corregidor: America Retakes the Rock (Hardcover)
Another well researched and written history from Mr. Devlin concerning America's airborne forces in World War 2, this time the seizure of Corregidor Island from the Japanese by the U.S.Army's 503rd Airborne Regimental Combat Team, on February 16th, 1945. The author has produced 2 previous works on the U.S. Airborne in WW 2,and this one continues that fine tradition. In a difficult and very dangerous operation, paratroopers from 2 battalions of the regiment jumped onto the island, while 2 more battalions landed over the beach from Manila Bay. The Japanese, as usual, had to be dug out of ,and blasted out of,the Rock's numerous caves and tunnels, while U.S. Navy destroyers laid offshore and hammered away with 5-inch naval gunfire, and the Army Air Force hovered overhead to bomb and strafe anything not American on the island. Corregidor was declared secure on Febuary 28th, and General MacArthur made a triumphant return to watch Old Glory being raised over the old parade ground. Anyone interested in our airborne unit's histories, or the retaking of the Phillipines in WW 2, will HAVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK !!!!! May The Lord bless and guide you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about great men., January 14, 2004
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Herman Vaalburg (Amsterdam Netherlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Back to Corregidor: America Retakes the Rock (Hardcover)
Back to Corregidor is Gerard Devlin's third and last (2004) book.
It is an account of one of the well known actions of the 503 PRCT commanded by Col. George Jones.
It is thoroughly investigated by Mr. Devlin, who served in the 503rd Airborne Infantry in the fifties, and the story is clear and simple. When i started reading the book i could not stop. For the eager reader there are more books to find which covers the same subject. (Flanagan is one of them). If you are a paratrooper buff, please buy Devlin's book "Paratrooper". This is one of the best books written about the subject.
A good book to have in your collection of the paratroopers of World War II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, February 27, 2013
This review is from: Back to Corregidor: America Retakes the Rock (Hardcover)
I have the other books by this author.Only Jerry could bring this book to life.A must read with before unknown facts, that I imagine took a lot of time to reserch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Devlin, a soldier's hero, December 31, 2010
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Joe (Ludlow, Morocco) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Back to Corregidor: America Retakes the Rock (Hardcover)
I served with the author. I was a private, he was something like my lord lieutenant. He didn't think highly of my worth, I think. I, on the other hand, had him as one of my early heroes. This was a man, who, if he said that the sun would tomorrow rise in the west would have you looking westward on the morn. And then, behold, light would appear from there.

He was (and perhaps still is) as good a commander of soldiers as the gods of war have ever given. What a man. What, better yet, what a soldier!!!
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Back to Corregidor: America Retakes the Rock by Gerard M. Devlin (Hardcover - June 1992)
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