The Bataan death march. Emily jones

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 March lasted between 5-12 days.

After the war, everyone blamed General Masaharu Homma, leader of the Japanese troops. He was convicted and executed by a firing squad on April 3, 1946.

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.

The soldiers were forced to sit in the sun for hours at a time, with no shade, and no water. The japs would take canteens and fill horses nose-bags then throw away the canteens.

As the March got longer drop outs began. The soldiers couldn't endure the heat, thirst, and starvation, they would fall in twos or threes. Some would get up, some would lie on the ground lifeless. The bodies would be ignored, and a clean up crew would come up behind them.

The arrival at San Fernando

The prison pen was stuffed full of prisoners. Maggots and filth cover the ground. Malaria and dengue was going around. The wardens would shove dead bodies under the floor, most were already dead and rotting when buried.

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.

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