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Bataan Death March - April 9, 1942
Courtesy of the National Museum of the USAF


Bataan Death March - April 9, 1942

Image below:

The March of Death. Along the March these prisoners were photographed, they have their hands tied behind their backs. The March of Death was from Bataan to the prison camp.

Left to right, Samuel Stenzler, Frank Spear, James McD. Gallagher. May 1942

(Defense dept. USMC 114541, National Archives)



Bataan Death March

 


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Who Marched?

American troops and Philippine troops who were captured by Japanese troops. All in all roughly 100,000 prisoners or war.


Bataan Death March: Group of American prisoners, note Japanese guard with fixed bayonet. The March of Death was from Bataan to the prison camp march at Cabana Tuan. May 1942.
Group of American prisoners, note Japanese guard with fixed bayonet. The March of Death was from Bataan to the prison camp march at Cabana Tuan. May 1942.
(Defense dept., USMC 114542, National Archives).

 

They Marched From Where to Where?

From Mariveles, southern Bataan Peninsula, to San Fernando, train to Capas, from Capas to Camp O'Donnell.

Distances:
Mariveles to San Fernando - 55 miles / 88 kilometers
Capas to Camp O'Donnell - 8 miles / 13 kilometers

All in all, they marched 63 miles / 101 kilometers.

 

Route of the Bataan Death March
Route of the Bataan Death March
PBS

 

 

"Their ferocity grew as we marched ...
They were no longer content with mauling stragglers or pricking them with bayonet points. The thrusts were intended to kill."

Capt. William Dyess, 21st Pursuit Squadron commander

 


 

Taken during the March of Death from Bataan to the prison camp march at Cabana Tuan.
Taken during the March of Death from Bataan
to the prison camp march at Cabana Tuan.
(Defense department USMC 114,540, National Archives)

 

Who All Arrived?

Only 54,000 troops.

Seven to ten thousand troops died on the march.