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Bataan Day, April 9
Written by Cherry   
Saturday, 07 April 2012

As Filipinos celebrate the Lenten season this April, the 70th Anniversary of the Day of Valor will also be remembered on April 9. This will commemorate the attack of the Japanese throng in 1942. This will also remember the gracious men who chose to die rather than to surrender. About 76,000 Filipino soldiers and their American Allies agonized from the forceful 112-km Death March as the Japanese won the victory. The march began at Mariveles and ended at Capas, Tarlac.

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It started in December 8, 1941 when the Japanese invades the Philippines. The battle in Pearl Harbor or Hawaii Operation initiated the war between the Japanese navy and US Naval Base. During that time, the American people had put up the US bases in the Philippines, that is why the Japanese armies also fought with the Filipinos. The American troupe belongs to the Allied Powers or International Alliance while the Japanese team which includes Germany and Italy is named the Axis Powers. Emperor Hirohito, a member of Japanese Imperial family, is responsible for the killings of prisoners of war. Hirohito’s family and Kamikaze fighters continued to give miseries to the prisoners for 3 years. The resistance movement of the Japanese resulted to an increase of guerrilla units. Guerillas had helped the country thru their silent actions such as kill enemy soldiers and civilians, pass on important intelligence reports to Gen. Douglas MacArthur who’s in Australia. and settle secret agents and Japanese supporters. Mt. Samat had witnessed all the battles among Japanese, Filipino and American soldiers. It ended when the allies surrendered on April 9, 1942 to the Imperial Forces. It was headed by commanding officer Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainright Jr. from the American troop. After 120 days of war, US Maj. Gen. Edward King surrendered to Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma. More than 10,000 soldiers were killed in the battles; some of them did not survive the hunger and thirst of the death.

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