Webinar Highlights WWII Battle to Retake Corregidor

Webinar Highlights WWII Battle to Retake Corregidor

book cover
Photo by: Courtesy

Author Kevin Maurer will discuss his new book, about the U.S. paratroopers who fought to retake Corregidor Island in the Philippines during World War II, at an upcoming Thought Leaders webinar.

Rock Force: The American Paratroopers Who Took Back Corregidor and Exacted MacArthur's Revenge on Japanwas released in December.

The webinar, hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army, begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Jan. 22. The event is free, but registration is required here.

Maurer is an award-winning journalist who has covered military operations for nearly 20 years. He has been embedded with combat troops several times, including with the 82nd Airborne Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and an Army Special Forces team in Afghanistan in 2010.

His books include No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, which he wrote with former Navy SEAL Mark Owen.

In Rock Force, Maurer tells the story of the paratroopers sent to retake Corregidor.

In December 1941, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, caught off guard by the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, is forced to retreat to Corregidor, a jagged, rocky island fortress at the mouth of Manila Bay. Months later, under orders from the president, MacArthur is whisked away, leaving his troops to their fate, according to a description of the book.

MacArthur famously declares, “I shall return.”

In 1945, to take back the island, MacArthur calls on the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The paratroopers are to jump onto the island, which is hemmed in by sheer cliffs and marked by bomb craters, and wrest it from about 6,700 Japanese defenders, according to a description of the book.

Rock Force draws from firsthand accounts and interviews with surviving veterans of the fierce battle to tell their stories of valor during an epic but largely forgotten clash.