Fighting for Macarthur

The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines
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Binding:Hardback
Published:October 15, 2011
By John Gordon (Author)

"2011 Arthur Goodzeit Book Award Winner" as presented by the New York Military Affairs Symposium

Drawing on a rich collection of both American and newly discovered Japanese sources as well as official records and wartime diaries, Gordon chronicles the Americans’ desperate defense of the besieged islands. For the first time the story of the Navy and Marine Corps in the 1941-42 Philippine campaign is told in a single volume. He also explains why the Navy's relationship with General MacArthur became strained during this campaign, and remained so for the rest of the war. Gordon offers much new information about the campaign during which the Navy and Marines, fighting in what was largely an Army operation, performed some of their most unusual missions of the entire Pacific War. Sailors fought as infantrymen alongside their Marine comrades at Bataan and on the island fortress of Corregidor. Sailors also manned Army heavy coast artillery batteries during the epic artillery duel between Corregidor and the Japanese guns that were massed on Bataan following the fall of the Peninsula. In these pages, Gordon recounts the only time in history when the Marine Corps lost a regiment in combat when the 4th Marines surrendered on Corregidor, and includes the most detailed account of the attack on Cavite that has ever been published.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 416 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (October 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1612510574
  • ISBN-13: 9781612510576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.125 X 9.25 in
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Praise
  • “[A] fine book.”

    — Naval Books of the Year column in Warship, 2013

John Gordon, PhD, is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation’s Arlington, Virginia office. He has written widely on subjects related to defense and public policy and is also an adjunct professor at George Mason and Georgetown Universities.

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The Rest of the Story
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By: thepastinreview
Almost all of us know what ensued in the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. We also know that the Philippine Islands fell to the Japanese forces shortly thereafter, with General Douglas MacArthur skedaddling to Australia and the remaining survivors forced to endure the Bataan Death March. What most of us are unaware of is the role played by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces in the defense of the Philippines; we are mostly aware that the U.S. Army was the only force involved. Fighting for MacArthur is the only single volume account of the Navy and Marine Corps participation in the defense of the islands during the early days of the war in the Pacific. The book presents the story in chronological order, beginning with the situation of both of these services prior to the start of the conflict; specifically, the gunboats of the Asiatic Fleet and the China Marines, their evacuation to the Philippines and the fate of the Marines stationed in North China, many of whom were fated to spend the war in prison. Author Gordon offers a very vivid, detailed account describing the Japanese bombing of the Cavite Naval Yard on the third day of the war, the worst drubbing a U.S. Navy installation has ever taken. The book concludes with the final surrender and an enlightening discussion of what might have been done better throughout the entire campaign. Gordon uses a deep collection of United States source materials: letters, diaries and reports, as well as newly discovered Japanese sources, such as a diary of a Japanese officer in the assault force that landed on southern Bataan. Gordon, a former army officer, also discusses th4e problems that existed between Mac Arthur and the Navy, attitudes that never really changed. This is an in-depth and informative look at an unknown aspect of World War II in the Pacific and an excellent addition to the literature of the war.
 

 
 

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