Today in 1942 - General Wainwright broadcasts the news of the American surrender at Corregidor from Japanese custody. He invites the remainder of the American forces in the Philippines to surrender. Despite the American surrender, the opposition faced by Japanese forces has been effective in disrupting their plans. General Homma was allocated 50 days to take the Philippines, the actual conquest took five months. The continuing resistance of the Filipino forces has prevented the release of his troops for other campaigns.
At Corregidor was Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Wesley Freeney, United States Marine Corps. Sam Freeney had entered the Marine Corps from Hebron, Maryland Sam Freeney, born in 1896, (son of Martha A. Freeney)was inducted into the Marines at St. Johns College, Annapolis, Maryland in 1917, just as the nation was entering the First World War. He served in Cuba and Haiti in that war and stayed in the Marines after World War 1 ended. In 1939, he was sent to Shanghai as Commander of the Marine Garrison there. Then in 1941, on the eve of America’s entry into World War 11, he was transferred to the Philippines. As Japan launched its attack on Bataan he was wounded and made a Prisoner of War in April 1942. From Corregidor in 1944, he was put on a POW ship leaving the Philippines. It was sunk by a United States submarine. He was rescued but remained a Prisoner of War of the Japanese until he was killed by them on 24 December 1944.