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Prisoners of War on the Bataan Death March

Prisoners of War on the Bataan Death March Civil Rights Famous Historical Events World War II

With the fall of Bataan, Filipino and American prisoners of war endured the unendurable when they marched around 60 miles to a primitive POW camp.

Curators at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force describe this photo which was taken during what has come to be known as the Bataan Death March:

With few aircraft left, U.S. Army Air Forces personnel fought as infantry to hold the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. Although they suffered from malnourishment and disease, these men battled valiantly until they were ordered by their commander to surrender on April 9, 1942.

Then followed the barbarity of the Bataan Death March, during with thousands of U.S. and Filipino prisoners of war died as a result of their captors’ merciless brutality. Worse still, the majority of those who survived the March later perished in transit on “hell ships” to Japan or in POW camps.

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U.S. Air Force Photo

 

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