An American university student waits for final instructions before taking a picture of the group who visited Camp O' Donnell in Tarlac where thousands of Filipino and American soldiers were held in detention immediately after the Fall of Bataan. (Bernard Testa, InterAksyon)
It's been more than 75 years since one of World War II's worst atrocities
Photos from the "Bataan Death March". After the surprise attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japan turned its focus to elsewhere, sweeping through the Pacific.
This march was named the Bataan Death March because of the high number of brutal and gruesome deaths along the road at the hands of the Japanese.
W.W. II, The Bataan Death March was a tragedy of epic proportions with 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war forcibly transferred, on foot, by the Imperial Japanese Army to Bataan. Even as the American and Filipino troops repelled the Japanese for several months, they were forced to retreat to wait for supplies and reinforcements. But the Japanese had cut off all routes to the Philippines, preventing a rescue by U.S. Military and the troops were forced to surrender on April 4, 1942.
The Bataan Death March prisoners were forced to walk 80 miles to Balanga, the Capital of Bataan. At San Fernando they were forced into overcrowded rail cars, and then had to walk the last nine miles to Camp O'Donnell in Capas.