Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Today in Philippine History: Bataan Death March

APRIL 9, 1942
Immediately after the Fall of Bataan, the Japanese rounded up the 12,000 Americans and 63,000 Filipino prisoners of war. They were gathered in groups of 100 with four guards in each group. The POWs were made to march sixty-five miles for five days from Bataan to their prison camp in Camp O’Donnell in Tarlac. This came to be known as the Bataan Death March. Many died from hunger and exhaustion. Those who fell on the ground or attempted to escape were shot or bayoneted. An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 men were killed by the guards.

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