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I am not sure when this horrible ordeal all began Was it just after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor or was it when World War II began Many of the survivors of the Bataan Death March believe it began in March of 1942 This was when General MacArthur received orders to leave his US Army forces and escape to Australia The army forces were left under the command of Major General Edward king at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula It was not more than a couple of months when the odds against the American Filipino troops remaining on Bataan become overwhelming On the tragic day of April 9 1942 Major General King surrendered all forces on the peninsula The Japanese took thousands of prisoners almost immediately With Allied fighters spread throughout Bataan it would be days before the word of surrender could reach them all Many troopers refused to believe that the news of United States surrender was real and some retreated further into the mountains and continued to fight When Japanese forces enter the village of Mariveles they had captured 76000 American Filipino prisoners most of whom were sick wounded or suffering from malnutrition The Japanese supply line barely sufficient to support their own troops would be unable to transport these prisoners of war POW The prisoners were forced to march the 65 miles of treacherous terrain to the Japanese POW Camp Camp ODonnell to the north The infamous Death March had begun The prisoners were marched all day and almost all night The Japanese in their release of frustration would beat the prisoners with the but end of their riffles or sheathed swords The American prisoners were often given water but no food The Filipino prisoners would try to help the American prisoners by giving them food take they were given If they were caught they were tortured and killed Day after day the prisoners were forced to
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