Bataan Death March - Fallen Soldiers

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Ben Steele - a Bataan Death March survivor - illustrated what it was like to travel the 60 arduous miles between Mariveles and Camp O'Donnell.

Americans and Filipinos who became weaker as the journey continued would sometimes fall down.  When that happened, Japanese soldiers helped in atrocious ways, as depicted in this illustration.  

Enduring the unendurable, Steele turned to art to help him through his POW years.  Between 1943-45, he created 72 drawings.  All but two were lost at sea while he was on a transport en route to the Japanese mainland. 

Back in the States, he recreated his lost work between 1945-47.  Many of those drawings are now part of a collection at Montana State University.

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Media Credits

Drawing by Ben Steele, an American Death-March survivor.  Copyright, Ben Steele, all rights reserved.  Image provided here as fair use for educational purposes.  Image online, via Flickr.


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