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American and Filipino prisoners of war marched - at gunpoint - through the Batan Peninsula to San Fernando, Pampanga where they were herded into box cars and taken by railway to Camp O'Donnell.

This prisoner of war camp, run by the Japanese, was located near Capas, Tarlac.  O'Donnell was about 15 miles from Ft. Stotsenburg.

Thousands of Americans and Filipinos had died en route during what is known as "The Batan Death March."  Some of the Japanese troops who herded the prisoners north were from Korea which, at that time, functioned as a colony of Japan.

After spending some time at Camp O'Donnell, most of the American prisoners of war were moved to a prison camp called Cabanatuan.  Most Filipinos remained at O'Donnell.

A Japanese photographer took this propaganda photo on the 15th of May, 1942.  It was about one month after Camp O'Donnell opened.  Japanese guards selected the healthiest Americans to be featured in the picture.


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.

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