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Praise for Philippine Scouts
Apr 28th, 2007, 4:22pm
 
This rare wartime publication titled "Bataan, Remember the Philippines" has an article with an American naval officer's praise for the Scouts. (Click thumbnails for bigger readable version)





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Re: Praise for Philippine Scouts
Reply #1 - Apr 28th, 2007, 5:48pm
 
Victor,

Great article, and well deserved praise for the PS by Lt Hoffman.  The first battle he refers to was the Battle of the Points, where Gen Hoffa lost a whole Japanese Battalion, 900 + soldiers, for no gain whatsoever.  I think this is where the famous saying,  "OK Joe, we are here now & you can fall back" started.  When the Scouts arrived on the scene of battle and relieved the "airmen without planes, sailors without ships who had been "pushed into" infantry companies.  "OK Joe, we are hear now!!"  Correct me if I am wrong, but I think this saying, attibuted to the Scouts, was used when the Scouts relieved the "Provisional Infantry Battalions".

This does not take away any of the brave fighting of these sailors without ships or airmen without airplanes, but when the enemy was identified and his numbers ascetained, help was needed and the Scouts were called in.  "OK Joe, was the greeting the PS gave the soldiers they were relieving.

Tom McGeeney
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Re: Praise for Philippine Scouts
Reply #2 - Apr 28th, 2007, 6:18pm
 
Hi Tom,

Yes, in the book "Bataan, Our Last Ditch", they were supposed to have said "Okay Joe, I take over now..." or something like that.   The article also mispelled Longoskawayan as Longuistuan. And mentioned April 9 as the fall of Corregidor (typo?).

I'll look for more good tidbits to share.

Victor
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