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After powerful air and naval preparatory bombardments, XI Corps launched a coordinated airborne and amphibious invasion of the strategic rock fortress of Corregidor.

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One battalion of the 503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team jumped in on the western portion of the island, followed by an amphibious assault by 3d Battalion of the 34th Regimental Combat Team (RCT), 24th Infantry Division, on San Jose beach southwest of Malinta Hill.
Another battalion of paratroopers dropped later that afternoon. The 503d PRCT and 3d Battalion, 34th RCT quickly joined forces to eliminate the main system of cave and tunnel defenses running through the Malinta Hill district. Image
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After the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in Dec. 1941 and the fall of Manila on Jan. 2, 1942, the defending U.S. and Filipino troops withdrew to Bataan.

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On Bataan, the combined forces under the command of GEN Douglas MacArthur fought a fierce delaying action beginning on 7 Jan. The Japanese attack was halted initially, but it was reinforced over the following three months, slowly rolling back U.S./Philippine defenses.
During the brutal fighting for control of the peninsula, American and Filipino soldiers endured intense privation, holding out under increasingly impossible odds until the inexorable weight of the enemy forced their surrender on 9 Apr. 1942.
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