Republished by Mike Deal and Tim Deal with support from the last surviving escapee, Lyle Bercier, and Lieutenant Commander Morrill's daughters make this republished version of South from Corregidor a one-of-a-kind listen. On the evening of May 6, 1942, hours after US Army General Jonathan Wainwright surrendered all US and Filipino forces on the island of Corregidor and other fortified islands in Manila Bay to the Imperial Japanese Army, 18 US Navy sailors from USS Quail began their daring escape to freedom. Using a 36-foot Navy motor launch, the 18 sailors, led by Lieutenant Commander John Morrill began their 2,000-mile journey through Japanese-infested waters. With only a watch, compass, homemade sextant and a few maps, it was an incredible feat of navigation.
Their story is one of great audacity, where the generosity and bravery of the Filipino people, along with sheer luck, played an integral role in the outcome of events. This World War II escape story was originally published as a series of Saturday Evening Post articles in December, 1942, and then as a book in early 1943. The book was written by Lieutenant Commander Morrill less than a year after the escape. This republished version of South from Corregidor is as the Skipper, as Lieutenant Commander Morrill is called by his crew, wrote it.
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A fantastic Memoir
My favorite book.
Yes. Wray's voice is a perfect match for John Morrill. The print version is an excellent read that will really make you think and imagine what these brave men accomplished. It's a hard book to put down.
My Great Uncle, Philip Binkley. He played a major role in helping what was accomplished in this book. Our family lost him shortly after the crew arrived safely in Australia to the war. This book is pretty much all we have to remember him by.
All of these brave men bring a piece of character and personality you want to learn about.
This was a true team that worked together and accomplished the impossible. They had no doubts they would be successful.
I was lucky enough to have a vote with Tim Deal and his family on whom we would pick to do this audio book. It was a unanimous decision that John Wray was the perfect fit. I think we all agree he has the voice of naval veteran that sounds like a leader who is sharing a story with you.
I want to say thank you to Tim Deal for his ongoing efforts to promote this book. Thanks to him I've gained a great friendship and got the opportunity to meet him and Lyle Bercier in DC a couple of years ago. Lyle shared many great memories of Philip. That was a special day I will never forget. Our family is truly grateful to have this book. This story will never be forgotten.