United States Marine Corp 4th Marine H.Q. Fort Mills
Philippine Islands R-2 Journal Entries
Four islands protected the mouth of Manila Bay from attack. Corregidor, the largest island,
was fortified prior to World War I with powerful coastal artillery and named Fort Mills. The
tadpoleshaped island lay two miles from Bataan, and was only 3-1/2 miles long and 1-1/2
miles across at its head. This wide area, known as Topside, contained most of Fort Mills’
56 coastal artillery pieces and installations.
Recently released from the United States Archives was the USMC 4th Division Journal
kept at Fort Mills dating from December 8, 1941 to May 5, 1942.   The journal was
removed when Corregidor fell on May 5.  There are a few entries in the journal that
contain reference to Marinduque during this time and they are presented below.
Page background is a picture of 4th Marines Training Filipino Cadets on Lewis
Machine Gun.  For more information about the 4th Marines and the defense of
Manila Bay please