A poem, written by a war correspondent with the UPI was recited as truth among the soldiers:


We're the battling bastards of Bataan;

No mama, no papa no Uncle Sam;

No aunts, no uncles, no nephews, no nieces;

No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces;

And nobody gives a damn.


MacArthur received orders from Washington to leave the Philippines while he still could, so he went to Australia to run the war from there and received a Medal of Honor for his accomplishments in the Philippines. He left 78,000 American troops behind with no hope of reinforcements.


A song, sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," turned up at Bataan:


Dugout Doug MacArthur lies ashaking on the Rock

Safe from all the bombers and from any sudden shock

Dugout Doug is eating of the best food on Bataan

And his troops go starving on.

Dugout Doug's not timid, he's just cautious, not afraid

He's protecting carefully the stars that Franklin made

Four-star generals are rare as good food on Bataan

And his troops go starving on.

Dugout Doug is ready in his Kris Craft for the flee

Over bounding billows and the wildly raging sea

For the Japs are pounding on the gates of Old Bataan

And his troops go starving on...


SLANG USED IN THE 5TH AAF IN THE SWPA DURING WW2 http://www.kensmen.com/slang.html

Doug’s Dug Out An uncomplimentary term for the residences of General Douglass McArthur and his family. First in Australia, then later at a well-appointed plantation owner’s house in Port Moresby
Dug-Out Doug The uncomplimentary term for General Douglass McArthur

Myths of World War II http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/media/myths.html