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  • Lest We Forget - Corregidor Surrenders May 6, 1942

    05/05/2016 11:55:05 AM PDT · by Oatka · 26 replies
    Lest We Forget - Corregidor Surrenders May 6, 1942
  • The Story of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor - 1/6

    05/08/2015 6:17:56 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Aug 3, 2008 | Department of National Defense, the Philippines
    "The Filipinos did most of the fighting and most of the dying..." This tells the "true story" behind the "forgotten war" of Bataan and Corregidor -- savage battles that violently hurled falsely reassured Filipinos and an ill-prepared Philippines into the Second World War in the Pacific. Produced by the Department of National Defense of the Philippines and the Philippines Veterans Affairs Office this series of videos documents the outstanding courage, heroism and nobility of Filipinos regardless the inevitable fall of the country to the unrelenting Imperial Japanese military juggernaut. An outcome inevitably irreversible despite the fierce resistance of the mostly...
  • Bataan Death March survivor, 97, finishes 8.5-mile memorial march

    03/25/2015 6:13:37 AM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    For the eighth time, Bataan Death March survivor Col. Ben Skardon finished his 8.5-mile memorial trek through a course at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Skardon, 97, was flanked by more than thirty supporters from "Ben's Brigade," a group of friends and family who have marched with him in past memorial marches. They wore Clemson University orange in honor of Skardon's alma mater. At one point, Skardon showed off his class ring from 1938, which he kept hidden from his Japanese captors. The infamous march saw tens of thousands American and Filipino soldiers taken as prisoners of war by Japanese...
  • World View: USS Bataan with 1,000 marines to Join Six Other Warships in the Persian Gulf

    06/29/2014 5:34:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/28/14 | John J. Xenakis
    CNN is reporting that the USS Bataan is being sent to the Persian Gulf with 1,000 marines on board. There is no word of a planned invasion. That will make seven warships there -- the USS Arleigh Burke, the USS Truxton, the USS Gunston Hall, the USS George HW Bush, the USS O'Kane, the USS Philippine Sea, and the USS Mesa Verde -- along with helicopters and warplanes that can be used for an invasion or for an evacuation of US citizens. There have been US drones flying over Iraq for several days, but now it's been confirmed that the...
  • John Love, Bataan Death March survivor, dies at 91

    03/23/2014 7:24:42 AM PDT · by DFG · 16 replies
    AP via ^ | 03/22/2014 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    John E. Love, a Bataan Death March survivor who led a campaign to change the caption on a historic march photo from The Associated Press, has died. He was 91. Love died Monday after a long battle with cancer, said Gerry Lightwine, pastor at La Vida Llena, an Albuquerque retirement home where Love lived. As a 19-year-old member of the New Mexico Guard, Love was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when the U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942. In...
  • Mildred Dalton Manning, Army nurse and World War II prisoner, dies at 98

    04/07/2013 7:26:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    wa po ^ | Matt Schudel
    In 1943, two Hollywood movies were made about the heroic nurses of the Philippines, “Cry ‘Havoc’ ” and “So Proudly We Hail,” but the real-life Angels of Bataan and Corregidor were almost forgotten after they were interned. The letters they wrote to their families in America never arrived and were found after the war in a Manila warehouse. Mrs. Manning later said that the prison camp had no showers, beds or kitchens. A single toilet was used by hundreds of people. Yet somehow she and the nurses persevered. They maintained strict military order among themselves, always wearing their uniforms and...
  • Passing of WWII POW - Bataan Death March Survivor (Vanity)

    06/21/2012 11:26:56 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 26 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | June 21, 2012 | Buffalo News
    John S. Zale, a decorated Army veteran, former prisoner of war and retired carpenter, died unexpectedly Sunday in his North Tonawanda home. He was 90. Born John Zubrzycki in Lackawanna and raised there, Mr. Zale went to Lackawanna schools until the eighth grade, when he took a job with a painter so his family had one less mouth to feed at home. At 18, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed with the 31st Infantry Regiment in the Philippines, where he was severely wounded during the early stages of World War II. Following surgery at a field aid station,...

    03/22/2012 4:41:20 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/22/42 | C. Brooks Peters, Roy L. Curthoys, Hanson W. Baldwin, William Henry Chamberlin, Frank L. Kluckhohn
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    03/21/2012 4:24:27 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 64 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/21/42 | Byron Darnton, James MacDonald, Harrison Forman, Daniel T. Brigham
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    03/02/2012 4:25:29 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 39 replies · 91+ views
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/2/42
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  • Bataan Death March survivor dead at 96

    06/21/2011 4:49:22 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 17 replies ^ | June 20, 2011 | staff reporter
    GLOUCESTER— — James Downey Jr., who survived the infamous Bataan Death March in 1942 and became an inspiration to his family, died Monday. He was 96 years old. Downey served with the Army's 26th Cavalry Philippine Scouts, a decorated unit that still rode horses into battle in the early days of World War II. Half-Filipino by birth, his mother was of Philippine and Spanish heritage and his father was from Augusta County, a cavalry officer who fought in the Spanish-American War.
  • Ever War: ...and Nobody Gives a Damn, Part I

    10/09/2010 5:20:40 PM PDT · by wizkid · 11 replies
    JohnQuincy ^ | 10/09/2010 | WizKid
    “There are times when men have to die,” Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson With the passing of each day, the living memories slowly flicker out. Soon there will be no one left who remembers the time when madness first gripped our country. How else but madness can one explain why we abandoned fellow democracies in their time of greatest need and left one of our own armies stranded at the mercy of a pitiless enemy. How else but madness can one explain why the American people would put their faith in a socialist politicians who led us to stripping...
  • Luke Airmen honor Bataan march

    04/02/2010 7:15:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 324+ views
    Air Force News ^ | 2nd Lt. Ryan DeCamp, USAF
    4/2/2010 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) -- Five Luke Air Force Base Airmen participated in the 21st edition of the Bataan Memorial Death March March 21 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. More than 5,700 people from 50 states and five countries hiked the 26.2 mile course in honor of the World War II prisoners of war in 1942. "It's definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life," said Tech. Sgt. Adam Greene, the 56th Security Forces Squadron quality control standardization evaluation NCO in charge. "Of the four deployments I've been on, three of...
  • After 65 years, news service adjusts Bataan photo caption to match veteran’s memory

    03/21/2010 6:29:21 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies · 1,391+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 22, 2010 | Adam Geller
    For 68 years, John E. Love has been haunted by the memory of carrying fallen comrades to a mass grave hollowed out of a Filipino rice field. Now, at last, a bit of history is being rewritten because of those memories. After six months of research, The Associated Press is correcting the caption on one of the most famous photos in its library, 65 years after the image first moved on the newswire. The image shows defeated Allied soldiers after their surrender to Japanese forces on the Philippines’ Bataan Peninsula in April 1942. Over the years, the photo has become...
  • Missouri Guardsmen vie to represent state in Bataan Memorial Death March

    02/17/2010 7:37:20 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies · 321+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 2/4/2010 | Matthew J. Wilson/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Feb. 4, 2010) — More than 55 Missouri National Guardsmen from around the state participated in a 13-mile Bataan Memorial Death March prequalifier Jan. 23 on post. Soldiers attempted to finish in the top five of their respective category to make one of the state’s teams and advance to the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This year’s event marks the 21st anniversary of the march. About 5,400 people participated in last year’s event that honors the 78,000 American and Filipino prisoners who were forced to...
  • Wounds from Bataan Death March still sting former prisoners of war in Dallas-Fort Worth area

    09/14/2009 7:22:27 AM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 30 replies · 1,594+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/13/09 | Scott Farwell
    Henry Grady Stanley survived malaria, dehydration and dysentery. He's been beaten, nearly starved to death and slashed with a bayonet. But those aren't the memories that disturb 89-year-old Stanley, a former POW and survivor of the Bataan Death March. He's hurt by what he sees as hypocrisy. Next year, nearly seven decades after forcing 75,000 U.S. and Philippine troops to march 70 miles up the Bataan Peninsula, Japan is expected to invite American POWs to the island nation for an official state apology. "It's a little late now," said Stanley, who lives in Garland with his wife, Jo Ann. "Most...
  • Bert Bank, founder of Ala. Football Network, dies (Bataan Death March Survivor)

    06/23/2009 4:30:18 PM PDT · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 13 replies · 536+ views
    The Tuscaloosa News ^ | June 23, 2009 | Associated Press
    Bert Bank was a World War II veteran who survived the Bataan Death March, became a state legislator and founded two Tuscaloosa radio stations. Perhaps his biggest claim to fame, though, was as founder of the Alabama Football Network. Bank died Monday night at age 94.
  • Japan Ambassador Apologizes for Bataan Death March

    05/31/2009 9:43:57 PM PDT · by NeverForgetBataan · 54 replies · 1,881+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, May 31, 2009
    SAN ANTONIO — Japan's ambassador to the United States apologized Saturday on behalf of his country for the 65-mile forced walk of U.S. troops and allies during World War II that left some 11,000 prisoners of war dead. "As former prime ministers of Japan have repeatedly stated: The Japanese people should bear in mind that we must look into the past and to learn from the lessons of history," Ichiro Fujisaki said at the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, the San Antonio Express-News reported. He said his country was extending a heartfelt apology for "having caused tremendous damage and...
  • Japan Apologizes for Bataan Death March

    05/31/2009 12:26:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies · 1,634+ views
    ABCNews ^ | 5/30/09 | Vija Udenans
    Ambassador Speaks to Last 73 American Survivors of the MarchThe Japanese ambassador to the United States apologized in person today to the 73 surviving POWs of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines in April 1942 during World War II. "We extend a heartfelt apology for our country having caused tremendous damage and suffering to many people including prisoners of war, those who have undergone tragic experiences in the Bataan peninsula the Corregidor Island, Philippines and other places," Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said at the last convention of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor POWs of the Japanese during World...
  • U.S. Forces in Iraq Pay Tribute to Bataan Death March Victims

    05/11/2009 4:29:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 689+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Stephanie Cassinos, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, May 11, 2009 – Eighty-six soldiers and civilians stationed here “joined” efforts with Minnesota National Guard soldiers in Minnesota to participate in the 12th Annual Bataan Memorial March yesterday. A soldier marches through Iraq’s desert heat during the Bataan Memorial March held on Contingency Operating Base Basra, May 10, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eric Jungels   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The event honors veterans who were victims of the Bataan Death March, a war crime in which 78,000 servicemembers were forced to march more than 55 miles from the Bataan...
  • This Day In WWII History April 10, 1942 Bataan Death March begins

    April 10, 1942 Bataan Death March begins The day after the surrender of the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese, the 75,000 Filipino and American troops captured on the Bataan Peninsula begin a forced march to a prison camp near Cabanatuan. During this infamous trek, known as the "Bataan Death March," the prisoners were forced to march 85 miles in six days, with only one meal of rice during the entire journey. By the end of the march, which was punctuated with atrocities committed by the Japanese guards, hundreds of Americans and many more Filipinos had died. The...
  • Bataan Memorial Death March Honors World War II Soldiers

    04/02/2009 3:10:11 PM PDT · by Dubya · 90 replies · 4,434+ views
    LAS CRUCES, N.M., April 2, 2009 – The resounding boom of cannon fire broke the sound of thousands of participants talking as they waited in anticipation March 29 for the start of the 2009 Bataan Memorial Death March. This year, the 26.2-mile event at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., included more than 5,300 participants from 50 states and eight countries, including the Philippines, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom. While individuals marched for their own reasons, they all came together for the same purpose: to honor the soldiers, who were part of the Bataan Death March during World War II....
  • Henry John Wilayto, at 92; survived Bataan Death March

    03/04/2009 5:46:20 AM PST · by BronzePencil · 18 replies · 576+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 3-4-2009 | Gloria Negri
    Concord's town flag will be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Henry John Wilayto, a survivor of the 1942 Bataan Death March during World War II, who died Feb. 28 at his Concord home of leukemia. He was 92.
  • Osprey heads out on Bataan for deployment

    02/20/2009 3:15:20 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies · 2,012+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 20, 2009 | Louis Hansen
    On the flight deck of the amphibious ship Bataan, the hybrid aircraft known as the V-22 Osprey has taken roost. Lined up on the deck with its wings folded, the tilt-rotor aircraft hides its unique gift - it lifts off and hovers like a helicopter and flies like a plane.Almost 20 years after its first test flight, and a decade since two fatal crashes grounded it, the Osprey is poised for its first full deployment with a Navy amphibious group.Marines and sailors are now training with about 10 Ospreys aboard the Norfolk-based Bataan, off the coast of North Carolina, doing...
  • Bataan Death March survivor awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

    12/17/2008 8:15:43 PM PST · by Dysart · 24 replies · 1,178+ views
    FWST ^ | 12-17-08 | CHRIS VAUGHN
    Charles Dragich survived the fighting in the Philippines, the Bataan Death March, a "hell ship," two bouts of malaria, near starvation, an air raid and slave labor.He emerged from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in 1945 at half his normal weight of 160 pounds, then promptly re-enlisted. He wore the uniform of the Army, and later the Air Force, for 26 years, retiring in 1964 as a chief master sergeant.Rather improbably and inexplicably, Dragich left the military without any decorations for fighting and surviving one of World War II’s most inhumane episodes — a forced 65-mile march in which...
  • Does a Serviceman Who Died During the Bataan Death March Automatically Get the Purple Heart?

    07/30/2008 2:48:46 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 24 replies · 135+ views
    myself | 7/30/2008 | myself
    My great uncle was captured in the Philippines by the Japanese during World War II, and died during the Bataan Death March. As far as I remember, I cannot recall anyone in my family saying that he was awarded the Purple Heart. If he was never awarded the Purple Heart, would he be eligible? If he did get it, how can I find out?
  • Corregidor

    05/06/2008 7:52:20 AM PDT · by VR-21 · 40 replies · 129+ views
    On this date in 1942, General Wainwright surrendered the American forces on Corregidor. Those men (my father among them), and a small number of nurses began their captivity at the hands of the Japanese army.My respects to the Americans and Filipinos who were The Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor.
  • A War Hero Passed Last Night

    04/16/2008 2:21:39 PM PDT · by I still care · 46 replies · 622+ views
    April 16, 2008 | Vanity
    My uncle, Weldon Hamilton, passed away last night. I thought the FR community would like to hear about this man who gave so much of himself for our country. He was captured in the Phillipines. He was on the Bataan Death March. He was beaten, he was starved, he worked forced labor in their mines, he was transported on their prison ships. He saw the bomb explode on Nagasaki and watched his comrades be executed. He was held in Japan for years. When he came home, he worked for years to make people aware of the sacrifice our soldiers made,...
  • Cannon members march to honor Bataan POWs

    03/31/2008 5:17:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 275+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, USAF
    3/31/2008 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFPN) -- "Sand, hills and pain," an elderly marcher said, describing the 26.2 mile Bataan Memorial Death March, held March 30 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The annual march, in its 19th year, honored the men and women forced to march 60 miles by Japanese soldiers, and in thousands of instances died, in the Bataan Death March during World War II. More than 4,400 Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and civilians participated in the march and experienced, in small part, what many thousands of American and Filipino soldiers went through after surrendering to...
  • Heads Up "The Great Raid" Premiering Right Now on AMC

    09/29/2007 5:15:31 PM PDT · by I still care · 10 replies · 159+ views
    American Movie Classics | AMC
    A Tremendous Movie. It's been edited to remove the R rating, but you don't have to see all the blood to be shown what our men went through. From director John Dahl comes the stirring true story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "the great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring exploit that would liberate more than 500 U.S. Prisoners of War in the face of overwhelming odds. A gripping depiction of human resilience, the film vividly brings to life the personal courage and audacious heroism that allowed a small but stoic...
  • Japan Official Resigns Over A-Bomb Quip

    07/02/2007 9:48:33 PM PDT · by james500 · 49 replies · 1,156+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | Jul 3, 2007
    Japan's embattled defense minister resigned Tuesday over his comments suggesting the 1945 atomic bombings Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable, news reports said. Fumio Kyuma had come under intense criticism from survivors of the bombing following the comments made over the weekend. He had apologized. Broadcaster NHK and NTV carried news of the resignation.
  • Trek commemorates Bataan Death March

    04/14/2007 6:39:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 559+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Threatening rain clouds and blustery winds didn’t stop 18 students from embarking on a 14-mile trek Friday. Seventh- and eight-grade students of First Baptist Christian Academy tackled the 14 mile walk to commemorate soldiers of the Bataan Death March, part of a World War II history segment the students have been studying. Led by their eight-grade teacher, retired Army Lt. Col. Dave Davenport, the students have been preparing for the walk every Friday for the past few weeks. “We started out by walking two miles, then kept increasing it so we could get ready for this,” said...
  • 'Another day and you're still alive' (On this day 65 years ago - the Fall of Bataan)

    04/09/2007 6:08:07 PM PDT · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 35 replies · 845+ views
    The Concord Monitor ^ | April 9, 2007 | Joelle Farrell
    Sixty-five years ago, William Onufry threw his rifle into the sea and marched 65 miles to the tip of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. After four months of fighting a relentless Japanese attack, Onufry and the remaining 12,000 American troops on the island were ordered to surrender on April 9, 1942. Hunger had weakened the men, and many were sick with dysentery or malaria. But the Japanese ordered them to march. Those who stepped out of line to find food or water were beaten. Stragglers were shot. The Bataan Death March claimed the lives of at least 600 Americans...
  • Arthur Rice suffered through the Bataan Death March

    04/03/2006 7:17:54 PM PDT · by Tolkien · 13 replies · 643+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 4/3/06 | Paul Thissen
    In 1942, Arthur Rice suffered through the Bataan Death March, 65 miles of heat, dehydration and abuse that claimed the lives of many of his fellow U.S. soldiers. He then toughed out years of forced labor as a Japanese prisoner of war. "My dad was such a survivor," said Jennyne Bilsky, 59, Rice's eldest child. "We always thought he had nine lives." Rice, an Air Force master sergeant, died in his Austin home Sunday morning. He was 89.
  • Bataan Memorial Death March draws thousands

    03/29/2006 3:13:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 623+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Monte Marlin
    Bataan Memorial Death March draws thousands By Monte Marlin More than 3,800 people, both military and civilian, representing all 50 states plus the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Korea participated in the 2006 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. on March 26. Mike Smith WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (Army News Service, March 29, 2006) – The 2006 Annual Bataan Memorial Death March was conducted March 26 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The event drew nearly 3,900 service members and civilians to the Army test range in southern New Mexico. Marchers represented all 50 states...
  • WWII POW receives Purple Heart at Bataan Memorial Death March

    03/29/2006 2:57:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 356+ views
    NEW MEXICO (Army News Service, March 28, 2006) – Almost 62 miles and 64 years later, Clifford “Smokey” Martinez received the Purple Heart March 26 at the 2006 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range for wounds he received as a prisoner of war during World War II. WSMR Director Thomas R. Berard presented Smokey with the Purple Heart before close to 3,900 participants and thousands of spectators in a closing ceremony. “This award is 64 years overdue, but how appropriate to be able to present it on this magnificent occasion,” Berard said. Smokey, a Bataan Death March...
  • Essay Contest for College Students -- topic: American POWs of the Japanese during WWII

    Essay Contest on POWs of the Japanese US-JAPAN DIALOGUE ON POWS, INC., a California non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that it will hold its first essay writing contest. The purpose of this contest is to promote understanding and dialogue among/between college students in Japan and the United States on the history of American POWs of the Japanese during WWII. We look forward to receiving many submissions from both countries. Two winners, one from Japan and the other from the United States, will win a free trip to Phoenix, Arizona, where the annual convention of American Defenders of Bataan and...
  • Letter from the Chief of Naval Operations

    09/15/2005 5:35:25 AM PDT · by VirginiaMil · 9 replies · 751+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | September 15, 2005 | Admiral Michael G. Mullen
    Admirals, I made a day trip to the Gulf Coast this weekend to visit with and thank our Sailors for the extraordinary work they are doing in the recovery and relief effort. I spent time at the Seabee base in Gulfport, NSA New Orleans and NAS/JRB New Orleans, as well as aboard HARRY S TRUMAN, BATAAN, TORTUGA and IWO JIMA. It was at once both a grim and an incredibly uplifting experience. Some of my impressions:
  • Bataan Assisting in Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

    08/31/2005 6:02:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 460+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Aug 31, 2005 | USS Bataan Public Affairs
    USS Bataan Public Affairs USS BATAAN, Gulf of Mexico (NNS) -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) was tasked Aug. 30 to assist with Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. Two MH-60 search and rescue helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HC) 28, based out of Norfolk, Va., launched at 5 p.m. CST Aug. 30 to assist in the search and rescue efforts that are currently ongoing in and around the New Orleans area. At 6:30 p.m. CST, two MH-53 helicopters from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, based out of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, also...
  • Waiting for Another Hiroshima

    08/18/2005 5:38:03 PM PDT · by forty_years · 10 replies · 948+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | August 18, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    August 6th marked the 60th anniversary of America’s use of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. While some still argue that President Truman’s decision to use the A-bomb was “controversial,” they are afflicted with the scourge of our time, the loss of a sense of moral proportion and certainty. Unfortunately, those with relativistic morals will lead us to see the day when nuclear weapons are used again – this time to end once and for all the barbaric savagery of Islamism. Green Left Weekly (GLW) calls the U.S. putting a swift end to WWII – using atomic...
  • America Supports You: 'The Great Raid' Preview Storms D.C.

    07/29/2005 6:25:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 1,253+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 29, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    Servicemembers and veterans were among those who got a sneak peek of the film that promotional materials say tells the story of the "most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: 'the great raid on Cabanatuan.'" The raid was conducted to rescue the more than 500 U.S. prisoners of war who had survived the Bataan Death March through the jungles of the Philippines. Lt. Col. Henry A. Mucci, working from 6th Army Headquarters in Luzon in the Philippines, was charged with figuring out how to free the POWs before the Japanese army's "Kill All" policy was enforced....
  • A Perspective On Guantanamo, Bataan Death March, and Camp O'Donnel.

    07/28/2005 11:54:27 AM PDT · by Wrangler22 · 4 replies · 396+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | July 28, 2005 | John Kuethe
    We are all very familiar with Senator Durbin's characterization of the Guantanamo detention center. I have been reading Oliver North's book War Stories II, Heroism in the Pacific. I have been taken aback by the treat of the American servicemen who surrendered in the Philippines and Horror that was called the Bataan Death March. I was also appalled by Secretary of War Henry Stimson's remark regarding the military's inability to send support to the troops fighting in the Philippines, "There are times when men have to die". . .
  • April 10, 1942: Bataan Death March Begins

    04/10/2005 5:41:06 AM PDT · by kellynla · 30 replies · 3,035+ views
    History ^ | 4/10/2005 | Discovery Channel
    The day after the surrender of the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese, the 75,000 Filipino and American troops captured on the Bataan Peninsula begin a forced march to a prison camp near Cabanatuan. During this infamous trek, known as the "Bataan Death March," the prisoners were forced to march 85 miles in six days, with only one meal of rice during the entire journey. By the end of the march, which was punctuated with atrocities committed by the Japanese guards, hundreds of Americans and many more Filipinos had died. The day after Japan bombed the U.S. naval...
  • Amputees Join 3,500 in Bataan Death March (Awesome, inspirational, WOW, patriotic)

    03/24/2005 7:48:58 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 9 replies · 751+ views
    Army News Service ^ | March 21, 2005 | Donna Braun
    WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. - One generation of war heroes paid tribute to another March 20 at the 16th annual Bataan Memorial Death March. After 26 miles through gravel, sand and wind-blown dust, Sgt. 1st Class Michael McNaughton sprinted toward the finish line. He was one of five men, all amputees, sponsored by Walter Reed Army Medical Center, who participated in this year's march. "I wanted to do this for the Bataan survivors," McNaughton said. "The sacrifices they made were incredible." McNaughton knows first-hand about the sacrifices Soldiers are called to make during wartime. He was wounded while deployed...
  • Scouts prepare for trip to White Sands (Boy Scouts That Is.)

    03/06/2005 6:39:54 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 427+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | 03/06/05 | GENTRY BRASWELL
    FORT HUACHUCA - In preparation for Bataan Memorial Death March later this month, the Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council's Troop 431 hoofed along post for about 22 miles Saturday morning. Eleven of the troop's scouts participated in Saturday's training. Troop 431 has participated in the Bataan memorial march for seven years now, but seven years is longer than the stipulated Boy Scout tenure. For example, Jake Oliver, an Eagle Scout, has marched in White Sands for four years, he said. The 26-mile memorial march has been annually staged in New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range since 1989, in remembrance...
  • Fort MPs' training day for Bataan Memorial Death March starts early, follows long and grueling path

    02/20/2005 7:46:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 604+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA - It was early, it was dark and there was a cold bite in the air. But that didn't phase a small group of soldiers from the 18th Military Police Detachment. They had a mission to do Wednesday, and it wasn't associated with law enforcement. The soldiers were putting more miles on their boots, preparing for the Bataan Memorial Death March next month. "Each will have more than 100 miles on their boots," Capt. Randolph Morgan said. Morgan is included in that group. He is the captain of the MP detachment's five-man Military Heavy Division team that will...
  • Retired Army Col. Eugene Holmes dies - Accused Clinton of dodging the draft

    01/18/2005 2:54:08 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 871+ views
    Associated Press | January 18, 2005
    Retired colonel who supplied Clinton's Vietnam deferment dies FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A survivor of the Bataan Death March in World War II who later accused Bill Clinton of deceiving him to dodge the Vietnam War draft has died. Retired Army Col. Eugene J. Holmes died of natural causes at his Fayetteville home Saturday, according to Moore's Chapel funeral home. He was 88. Holmes was director of the University of Arkansas ROTC program in 1969 when Clinton — then a Rhodes Scholar attending Oxford University in England — applied to the officer training program to satisfy draft deferments, but never...
  • Bataan Death March Survivors Honored

    04/18/2004 7:19:23 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 28 replies · 1,698+ views
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | 4/18/2004 | BILL WAGNER
    "Recognition Day is a time to remember those veterans who gave up their freedom to protect ours."Roland E. Moore Director, VA Medical Center Sixty-two years ago, America watched as Japanese forces squeezed U.S. Army and Filipino troops onto a narrow Philippine peninsula on Manila Bay. The American commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, was ordered to leave for Australia and Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright was left the task of surrendering his 37,000 exhausted troops on April 9, 1942. Those men and 10,000 defenders of Corregidor, an island fortress in Manila Bay that surrendered May 6, were rounded up by the Japanese and...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The 200th Coast Artillery (AA)- (12/8/1941) - May 26th, 2004

    05/26/2004 12:20:11 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 129 replies · 12,006+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. Welcome to "Warrior Wednesday" Where the Freeper Foxhole introduces a different...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles General Jonathan Wainwright - Apr 19th, 2004

    04/19/2004 12:00:01 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 90 replies · 3,970+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... . U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. . . Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family...