A 60-mile journey, with about 76,000 prisoners taken captive by Japanese allies
April 9th, 1942 American/Filipino soldiers surrendered to the Japanese, this was the beginning of the March.
Japanese butchery, disease, exposure to the sun, lack of food, and lack of water took the lives of about 5,200 Americans along the way.
The first murder
When captured all the soldiers were lined up and forced onto their knees, a jap was with a little boy who was going through the captains pockets when he found some yen (money). The Captain was forced to his Knees then a Black-faced jap pulled out his sword and cut the captains head off. The boy and the jap put the money in their pockets and walked away this was the first of many murders.
Lester tenney was one of the survivors from the death march. Lester came back to the u.s with only 8 teeth, a Japanese officer slashed him in the shoulder with a sword, two marchers held him up while a medic stitched the wound. He worked in a forced coal-mined for three year before coming back to the u.s. His wife thinking he died, remarried. Lester eventually remarried also and taught at Arizona state and when retired he taught schoolchildren about the Bataan March.