Frank Hewlett

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Frank West Hewlett (1913 in Pocatello, Idaho – July 7, 1983) was an American journalist and war correspondent during World War II. He was the Manila bureau chief for United Press at the outbreak of war, and was the last reporter to leave Corregidor before it fell to the Japanese.


Hewlett obtained his degree from Idaho State University. He was later a Nieman Fellow Harvard University.


Hewlett worked 23 years as the Washington bureau chief of The Salt Lake Tribune. Throughout his career he has worked as a reporter for The Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Tulsa World, Albuquerque Journal, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and Guam Daily News.

Hewlett's limerick poem, "the Battling Bastards of Bataan" came to symbolize that campaign:

We're the Battling Bastards of Bataan,
No Mama, No Papa, No Uncle Sam,
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces,
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces,
And nobody gives a damn!

Awards and honors[edit]

He won the National Headline Award in 1942 from his reporting of Bataan and Corregidor.


Hewlett died at the age of 74 in Arlington, Virginia from bronchial pneumonia.[1]


  1. ^ "Frank Hewlett, 74, Journalist - Covered War and Washington". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 July 2013.