For Immediate Release
April 10, 2010
AFA Remembers Bataan Death March
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today released the following statement remembering the Bataan Death March:
On this day, in 1942, about 78,000 prisoners (12,000 Americans of the U.S. Army Air Forces and 66,000 Filipino allies) were forced to begin a brutal march north to Camp O’Donnell, now known as the Bataan Death March.
The Bataan Peninsula was held by U.S. Army Air Forces, fighting as infantry because they had no airplanes left, until their surrender on April 9, 1942. They were already weakened by disease and malnourishment when the march began. Despite available water, they were not allowed to drink for days at a time. In their weakened condition, they were shot or bayoneted if they fell or attempted to reach water.
As many as 11,000 died of these cruelties on the six-day march, while twice that number died over the next two months at Camp O’Donnell, executed in other POW camps or perished in the “hell ships” that transported them.
In all, only about one in three of those that began the march on April 10 actually survived the war.
Today, we remember the tremendous sacrifice and patriotism of the defenders of Bataan.
Read more about the Bataan Death March in Air Force Magazine:
click here and here.
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