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Today is the 75th Anniversary of the brutal Bataan death march. Japanese captors marched US soldiers northward through the Phillipines jungle 65 miles to a prison camp. Stragglers were shot, bayonetted, or tortured to death. The survivors spent 3 years in Japanese prison camps. There are less than 50 survivors left alive today, all in their 90s or over 100 years old.
May those who did not survive the march and those gone since Rest In Peace. RD
RD..Thanks for posting this reminder..we had a survivor of the Bataan Death March in my hometown (Ashland) when I was growing up. His kids were near my age and in school when I was. Was too young to actually "know" the man but remember him in the community. One thing I do remember tho was that he always seemed to have a 1911 on his hip. This was in the late 1950's & early 1960's.
Thanks for this reminder. I pray we never forget. One of my auntie, a missionary, was intern in Santo Tomas. She was an amazingly strong willed woman with a serious no nonsense attitude. Somehow she did put up with my foolishness as a kid.
____________________ An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out. Will Rogers
Knew a gentleman I've mentioned before here. Young Lt. in the Filipino Scouts, was scheduled to return to the US, transfer to the USAAC and begin flight training in February, 1942. Needless to say, his plans were changed. Spent almost one day on the Death March, and was able to go up and over a low bank beside the road, Ended up hiding out with guerillas for the next couple years.
Honors to you, Robert.
____________________ "The fact that guns can kill another human being is the whole point. That's why they are so darn good at deterring violent criminals". Ann Coulter
One of my cousins was one of those captured and forced to make that march. He did not talk much about it to anyone but would talk to me as I was a veteran also. He had an amazing attitude when it came to the Japanese. He told me about how they treated their own troops almost as bad as they did prisoners. He also talked about a little old white haired Japanese woman who would sneak down to the prison camp he was in and slip what little food she could find thru the fence to prisoners, knowing full well that if she was caught she would be shot or beheaded with a sword. There were some amazing stories that came out of those prison camps. few of them pretty. I have a great admiration for the World War II veterans. The ones I was in service with, all career men, were extremely dedicated to teaching young "boots" like me the right way to stay alive if we ever got into a combat situation. Korean War veterans were pretty much the same. james