Major installations in Manila Bay included the Cavite Naval Station, the fortress-island of Corregidor, and substantial batteries of coast artillery. As the Japanese invaders pressed southward in late December 1942, American/ Filipino forces relinquished Manila and were driven into a futile last-ditch defense of the Bataan Peninsula and then the Rock. By mid-January, only U.S. submarines could breach the Japanese blockade.
Philippines were brutal for WWII nurse. A nurse in the Philippines during World War II, Lucy Wilson Jopling saw more than her share of death, suffering and hardship. She's seen in this 1943 picture talking to young military trainees ~