The Corregidor School has been a project of the 4th
Marines for many years and was spearheaded by my father,
Louis Duncan and fellow 4th Marine Ted Williams. They took
up this cause upon learning no school existed on the island
fortress of Corregidor and therefore the children were not
receiving an education. Wanting to give back to the
Philippine people for their help and generosity during the
war, helping their children was chosen as the best thing to
do. They enlisted the financial aide and backing of the 4th
Regiment and were not disappointed. Unfortunately in 2001,
the Philippine government, upon declaring Corregidor Island
a Military Shrine, evacuated the families of the workers.
With the children gone, there was no longer a need for a
school, therefore the school was closed. This left us
wondering what to do with the remaining monies.
Ted Williams requested the assistance of Ric
Catahan, a Philippine survivor of the Bataan Death March and
current president of The Corregidorian, USA, Inc., in
finding a school. Ric suggested Llamas Memorial Institute,
the oldest high school in Mariveles (on the Bataan Peninsula
at the entrance to Manila Bay - the closest town to
Corregidor on the Philippine mainland). Llamas Memorial
Institute was opened in the 1940's to offer continuing
education to qualified high school students of Mariveles.
Initially, eggs, chickens and other farm products were
accepted as tuition to ensure even the poorest would be
admitted. Upon learning more about the school and the
history, we, the trustees of the Corregidor School Fund,
have decided to shift our support and remaining monies to
one grand project which will benefit the students of Llamas
Memorial Institute. This decision is consistent with the
initial purpose and philosophy of giving back to the
In 2006, construction of a library was completed at Llamas
Memorial Institute. The library was christened
"The U.S. 4th Marine Center of Knowledge."
VIEW THE PHOTOS OF THE OPENING OF THE LIBRARY <
The U.S. 4th Marine Center of Knowledge will
the children of today and the children of tomorrow,
tribute to the well deserved heroes of
World War II.
Can we count on your help to continue the benefits of
The U.S. 4th Marine Center of Knowledge?
Please make your check payable to
The Corregidorian, USA, Inc. and
Debby Duncan Cossart
P. O. Box 2887
Fallbrook, CA 92088
Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and help in
creating a legacy for the 4th Marines.
Debby Duncan Cossart
Treasurer | Corregidor School Fund