S: By Lea Dimaya, block 1.
FC: MY EXPERIENCE IN THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH.
1: When it started... April 9th, 1942 The American general, General Edward, surrendered to the Japanese general, General Douglas. I was in one of the troops Edward surrendered to Douglas.The majority of us were Filipino, but there were some Americans. This marked when the march would begin, a period of time I will never forget.
2: This political cartoon resembles the baby, being the Philippine and American troops against the Japanese during the march. Notice how big the general is compared to the baby, which can be related to the power that both sides had.
3: These were a few of my buddies during the period. The four on top left (going left to right) is Fred, Jeff, Donald, and then myself. Donald and Fred did not make it out alive, they were my best friends.
4: April 12, 1942. This is when it started. 70,000 people, walking about 70 miles. It took us 6 days, I was lucky to come out alive.
5: April 13,1942, our captain was be-headed. | April 9th, 1942, We were forced to get rid of all personal belongings.
6: Dear Diary. They have us in the blazing heat right now. Thank God I have a hat on. I wonder if they would take my diary away... mm. There are men beside me with pits and pieces of skin coming off. Gross. We could all use a shower right about now. We're only 30 or so miles into the march. It feels like so much longer. Uh-oh. We're moving again. April 14 1942 | Someday Someday there will be peace. Someday we won't have to beg to eat. Someday we will have a nice place to sleep. Someday we won't worry about getting killed for falling on the street Someday we'll get better again. Someday there will be peace. We will, someday soon.
7: "Listen to what I say, in your life expect some trouble. When you worry you make it double. Don't worry be happy now. Don't worry, be happy" -Bob Marley I try to go by these lyrics to keep my head, at least, a little bit up during the day. It helps me to think that I'll get through this terrible time.
8: April 16, 1943 30 of us tried getting water at the same time, so they started shooting because there were too many | April 7, 1942. Philippine general starts taking troops back two days before march begins and they get captured. | 1945 (For those who survived) We celebrated the General's liberation of Luzon.
9: In 1946, General Douglas MacArthur was put into court, lost, and was executed.
10: At 3am of April 12th, 1942 we arrived half dead at Orani in northeastern Bataan after a 21 hour march. | On the morning of April 10th, 1942, many solders escaped who simply refused to surrender. I do not know what their outcome was, I was not one of them.
11: These articles were taken along on the march that the general took. There is a crucifix, a few dog tags. And a wallet.
12: April 15, 1943. They cut my wedding ring and ring finger off because I was not permitted to have a ring. I was devastated, and so was Julie.
14: AMERICANS LASHED ON MARCH OF DEATH "Food given to few then taken away - water cans left by Filipinos were kicked over."
15: "American wounded kicked aside when they could not get up." | "Some break down at sight of old glory, some are hysterical in happiness."
16: "Exhausted, starved Americans and Filipinos went mad in packed compound." "Burial squads formed."
17: 1. What was the Japanese General's name? 2. What was the American General's name? 3. When did the Bataan march begin? (Month, day, and year) 4. How many miles did we walk? 5. What were some of the tortures that the Japanese used on us (The American and Philippine troops)