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Justin Taylan 2005

Bataan Province encompasses the Bataan Peninsula, bordering Manila Bay to the south and South China Sea to the west.

Wartime History
The Bataan Peninsula became the American and Filipino defensive line after Japanese landings on Luzon. On December 24, 1941 General MacArthur and President Manuel Quezon were evacuated to Bataan. American units withdrew to Bataan to continue their defense for months. On April 8, 1942 the Bataan peninsula was surrendered to the Japanese by Major General Edward P. King, ending the defense of Bataan.

Bataan Death March
Roughly 78,000 American and Filipino prisoners were marched 100+ kilometers along to San Fernando, and then boarded crowded rail road cars to Camp O'Donnell (Capas) where they were interned as prisoners.

On the morning of January 29, 1945 nearly 35,000 U.S. Army troops landed to the northwest of the peninsula. Liberated by on February 21, 1945.

American missions against Bataan Peninsula
January 18 - February 20, 1945

  Town at the north-east tip of Bataan and Orani Airfield
  Town located midway along the eastern coast of Bataan
  Site of King's surrender for Japanese propaganda
  Abucay battle line during January 1942
  Mount Samat and memorial
  Located on the south-east coast of the Bataan Peninsula
  Village and US Army fighter airfield used during the defense of Bataan
  Located at the southern tip of Bataan airfield and Wainright surrender site

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July 1, 2017



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