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  Battery Way 
U. S. Army

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1938
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May 1942
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c1945
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Justin Taylan 2004

Location
Located on Corregidor Island.

Construction
Built by the US Army. Construction began during 1904 and was completed during 1914 at a cost of $112,969. Named Battery Way in honor of 2nd Lt. Henry N. Way who died in the Philippines in 1900. Emplaced four mortars 12" (305mm) M1890 mortars on M1896M1 Mortar carriages built at Watervliet Arsenal, each capable of firing in any direction, firing either High Explosive (HE) or Armor Piercing (AP) shells a maximum of 8.3 miles, A mortar crew of fourteen men was required per mortar, capable of firing one round per minute at best crew performance.

Wartime Usage
The battery was unmanned until April 17 1942 when men from Battery E, 60th Coast Artillery commanded by Major William Massello. On May 2, mortar No. 3 and No. 4 were disabled by direct hits to their barrels.

After midnight May 6 the the last mortar began firing at Japanese landing craft in the North Channel between 4:00 to 6:00am. The battery was under fire, sustaining 70% casualties. At 11:00am its breech block froze from continuous firing, it was the last gun firing before the island surrendered. The crew removed all the breech blocks from the mortars before the surrender of Corregidor.

Today
The Philippine military cleared the area of danger in preparation for the area being opened for tourism.  Battery Way is one of the main tourist attractions on the guided tour of Corregidor.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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