Bataan Death March
The Horrors of the Bataan Death March

Survivors of the Bataan Death March describe what they went through when they were forcibly transferred from Mariveles to San Fernando in the Philippines during World War II. These American soldiers describe walking many miles each day in the blistering heat, while some days they would just sit in the heat for the entirety of the day. They describe being the victims of many forms of physical abuse performed by the Imperial Japanese Army. One survivor describes spending long periods of times without food or water and another instance where water was forced into his lungs. The Bataan Death March began on April 9, 1942 and included the transfer of 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers over the length of 80 miles. Thousands of these soldiers died before the march was over and later, after the war, the march was judged to be a Japanese war crime.

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