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“This is not only one of the best of the war books, it is a
record of cooperative courage achieved by a group of men in a manner
wholly American.” The New York Times

At the
outbreak of the Second World War U.S.S. Quail was in the Philippines
sweeping mines to provide access for American shipping to South Harbor,
Damaged by enemy bombs and guns during the Japanese
invasion of the island John Morrill and his fellow men decided to make
the decision to scuttle their ship rather than allow it to be
This led them to begin one of the most daring escapes
of the Second World War.
Lieutenant Commander John Morrill and
sixteen fellow sailors took a thirty-six-foot diesel boat nearly two
thousand miles through Japanese controlled waters.
They moved
mostly at night, with a homemade sextant, some salvaged charts, with
little fresh water and food, but even despite these difficulties they
eventually made their way to Darwin, Australia.
account of his breathtaking escape in 1942 from the Japanese at
Corregidor, the beleaguered U.S. fortress commanding Manila Bay in the
Philippines.” The Washington Post
“The enthralling
story of how a handful of Navy men escaped from falling Corregidor
southward to Australia in a leaky 36-foot landing boat.” Foreign

“A matter of fact, modest and inherently dramatic
account of an isolated incident in the pacific war” Kirkus

John Morrill was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S.
Navy. In June 1939 he became commanding officer of the minesweeper
U.S.S. Quail. Pete Martin was a journalist and author. Their book
South from Corregidor was first published in 1943. Pete Martin
passed away in 1980 and John Morrill passed away in 1997.

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Feb 03, 2019

An excellent story of perseverance, cunning, steadfastness and a whole lot of luck!
Morrill does an excellent job in describing his and his shipmates ordeal of escape from Corregidor as the Japanese Navy and Army tightened their grip on the Philippines and Dutch East Indies.
I am always when I read these stories of the resourcefulness these men used in dangerous and trying conditions. The comradery is exceptional!

Oct 17, 2019

Great book. Written right after the events!

Loved this book. One of the best I have ever read about Corregidor! And a great adventure store that is true! What a time to have been alive and in the USA service. Rick

Oct 22, 2018

Great story

True stories are the best. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Author did a great job of explaining all the details.

Dec 20, 2018

Incredible Story

Well written recollectsion of an escape from the horrors of Japan's capture of Corrigedor. Ingenuity and teamwork pay off for 18 Americans


Jan 10, 2019

Great story

Well told, heroic story about 18 men escaping from the Philippines during the fall of Corregidor. Lots of detail and facts.

Dec 07, 2018

a damn good read...

if you like sea yarns.

and who doesn't?

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that's plenty! four more. double phooey!

May 20, 2019

Topical story

Well written and edited...brings out little known. Stories from the first battle of the Philippines interesting addition to the knowledge of that campaign

Jan 16, 2019

South from Corregidor

One of the best WW2 adventures I have ever read. Looking forward to reading something similar if it can be found.

Feb 27, 2019


A very interesting and must read book. I enjoy reading true experiences, should be required reading for high school students

Nov 01, 2019

Great tale

Could anything be as exciting as a war story of escape by sea under such conditions? God bless them all.

Oct 23, 2018

Outstanding read

This is a great book written by someone who served with distinction
I enjoyed it so much a read it straight through in one day.

Oct 06, 2018

World War II Story

This book, written shortly after the war started is good but the book is fairly short. I had not known previously that any men made it from the Phillipines to Australia. The author has told an interesting story, but I think he made it sound easier than it was.

Oct 26, 2018

A thrilling account of an escape from the Japanese occupation

of the Philippines with a harrowing sea journey to Australia and ending happily with all being able to return to their previous stations.

Mar 01, 2019

Best book I’ve read in a long while

This book is so well written that I found it hard to put down. I felt as though I was in the boat with those eighteen men as they escaped Corregidor. I highly recommend it.

Nov 20, 2018

Enjoyable read

This was a quick easy read. What i really got from it was how many natives and Filipinos out boys owe their lives to. The men that escaped Corregidor would not have made it without them

Dec 06, 2018

Splendid account

Anyone interested in WWII would find this a gripping book. I could hardly put down this tale of resourceful men and an amazing leader escaping from the Philippines after the Americans surrendered.

Jan 25, 2019

Great story!

Competent leaders and courageous sailors live a dream. They take control of their boat and their lives. They share their skills and their food. They meet exceptional natives who share resources and knowledge to aid the journey of our America sailors. All the while they avoid the fearsome Japanese.

Oct 30, 2019

WW2 Always like to know how Great your men where!

Will tell all old and not so old to read and earn about how great the American men of that time where and learn the history of this great country!!

Feb 04, 2019

Great read.

I am deep in reading about WWII and this book was a great fit for my studies. A true to life story of part of the greatest generation. Well written and a nail biter from start to finish.

Aug 21, 2019

Outstanding book..I actually read this book while on.vacation in the Philippines in my tablet. As a retired Bm1, I found the author did an excellent job. Thanks BM1

Outstanding..Read this book while on vacation in the Philippines for 3 months in Eastern Samar. I'm a retired BM1 who served 20 years

Dec 19, 2018

An impossible voyage

Great first person account of an incredible escape through thousands of miles of Japanese controlled territory. The 18 men were a mishmash of personalities and abilities, which is probably a huge part of their success. If you’re interested in World War II this story is for you.

Mar 22, 2019

A narrative that reveals the character and leadership of a Navy LC and his disciplined and stalwart crewmen who defied the Japanese invaders and navigated with crude makeshift tools across the Pacific from Luzon to Australia with poor maps while dodging the enemy's patrols and warships. Makes you proud to be American.

Jan 30, 2019

Lots of fun to read, sad in places, but mostly a tear breaker to the end

Fun because f the many hou's I was blessed to spend in Nco clubs with enlisted pilots from marine corps during my time on okinawa. They had flown dive bombers out there during the war and had many stories to tell a youngster like me. Found memories.

Jan 06, 2019

Excellent story of courage and strength in a time of war

Well written story of a dark time In American history. Because of the defeat of the American forces and their subsequent confinement during the war, much of the details of these men's bravery and heroic defense of the Philippines has been lost to our historical memory. We need to remember these men's valiant efforts against incredible odds to preserve liberty and freedom.

Jan 07, 2019

I've known a couple guys that also escaped from the japs. I It was hard to believe their stories, but the people who know them best tell of their awakening up from vivid nightmares, hollering and a ball of sweat. Heaven MUST have a quiet peaceful section designed especially for those to whom we owe so very much.

Idiots who have not an iota of the value freedom really means. Hopefully, they'll never have to learn, by that time it will be already too late.

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