Courtesy of the National Museum
of the USAF
Bataan Death March - April 9, 1942
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
USMC 114541, National Archives)
You are in
World War II.
American troops and Philippine
troops who were captured by Japanese troops. All in all
roughly 100,000 prisoners or war.
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
(Defense dept., USMC
114542, National Archives).
From Where to Where?
From Mariveles, southern Bataan
Peninsula, to San Fernando, train to Capas, from Capas to
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
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.
USMC 114,540, National Archives)
Who All Arrived?
Only 54,000 troops.
Seven to ten thousand troops
died on the march.