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Flagpole (The Old Corregidor Flagpole) on Corregidor Island
Photos 1945–2013

Location
Prewar, the the U. S. Army installed a flagploe (The Old Corregidor Flagploe) on Corregidor Island.

Wartime History
On March 2, 1945 after the twelve day battle to liberate Corregidor, the U. S. flag was raised on this flag pole while soldiers from "Rock Force" stood at attention with General Douglas MacArthur, General Hall (Commanding Officer "Rock Force) and Lt. Colonel Jones (Commanding Officer, 503rd PIR RCT). After the U. S. flag was raised, Lt. Col Jones stepped forward, saluted and reported to MacArthur: "Sir, I present to you Fortress Corregidor." At the ceremony, MacArthur awarded Jones the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and stated: "I see the old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down."

Today
The original Flagploe (The Old Corregidor Flagploe) remains on Corregidor Island. During April 1976, the Boys and Girl Scouts of the Philippines and the Boys and Girl Scouts of America with help from the Society of American Military Engineers and the Philippines Bureau of Public Works rehabilitated the original flag pole and surrounding memorials. On May 16, 1976 the restored flagpole was rededicated in a ceremony attended by Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos and U. S. Ambassador William H. Sullivan.

Photos by U. S. Army, March 2, 1945

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Photos by Paul Whitman via by Corregidor - Then and Now, February 16, 2013

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References
U. S. Army in World War II - Triumph in the Philippines Chapter XVIII Corregidor pages 348-349 (photo)
Corregidor - Then and Now "68th Anniversary Recapturing Corregidor" by Paul Whitman February 20, 2013


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