Friday, March 26, 2010

A correction, 65 years later

This photo has long been assumed to show American soldiers carrying their fallen comrades on makeshift litters during the Bataan Death March in 1942. Now, 65 years later, the Associated Press announces a correction:

A photo released by the U.S. military in 1945, after it was captured from the Japanese, shows allied prisoners of war in the Philippines carrying their comrades in slings. At the time of its release, this photo was identified as dead and wounded being carried by fellow prisoners during the Bataan Death March in April 1942. The original caption on the military handout read: ‘This picture, captured from the Japanese, shows American prisoners using improvised litters to carry those of their comrades, who, from lack of food or water on the march from Bataan, fell along the road. Philippines, May 1942.’ Subsequent information from military archivists, the National Archives and Records Administration, and surviving prisoners, strongly suggests that this photo may actually depict a burial detail at Camp O’Donnell, the Japanese P.O.W. camp where allied prisoners were held after the Bataan Death March.

Full story here. I have a lolo, by the way, who died at Camp O'Donnell after enduring the Death March. His body was never recovered.

2 comments:

~Carrie~ said...

Oh my. Makatindig-balahibong impormasyon.

bing said...

a sad story of those who were victims of war...

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