Bataan Death March 1942 Photos

    The Bataan Death March occurred in 1942, when the Japanese forced over 70,000 Filipino and American prisoners to march 60 miles from their point of capture to prison camps. During the march, they were subjected to inhumane treatment, which in many cases resulted in the death of the POW. The inhumane and torturous treatment included, but was not limited to, denial of food and water, stabbing, beating, shooting, being disemboweled, and throats cut, with some beheadings. Prisoners were routinely killed for not being able to walk, and they also faced the wrath of their captors for trying to help their fellow POWs. Many thousands of prisoners died before even reaching the prison camp, with many more dieing later.
 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
American POWs with their hands tied behind their backs. Obviously suffering from hunger.
 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
Filipino soldiers and police comprised over three-quarters of the Death Marchers. Here, a group of Filipinos carry fellow soldiers unable to walk.
 This Photos shows Americans surrendering at Corregidor, Philippine Islands, 05-1942. 
 It is a National Archives Photo: Part of, Photographs of the Allies and Axis, compiled 1942 - 1945. NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-208-AA-80B-1
Select List Identifier: WWII #129

National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
A very large group of American POWs wait to begin the Bataan Death March. 
Many of these men never reached the prison camp. 
 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
A large group of American prisoners prior to the beginning of the Bataan death march. 
National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
A long line of prisoners on the Bataan Death March. 
 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
A wounded American soldier being marched during the Bataan Death March.

National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
Soldiers being searched by Japanese. 
 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
U.S. Servicemen on the death march, carry dead buddies to be buried at Camp O’Donnell.

 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
This photo shows Japanese artillery firing on Bataan.
 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
Japanese soldiers celebrate after the fall of Bataan.
National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
This surrender leaflet was created by the Japanese, and was meant to encourage Americans to surrender. On the leaflet, it says that if they surrender they will be kindly treated, but after the Americans did surrender, some soldiers that had this leaflet in their possession, were executed for not surrendering sooner. 
 National Museum of the US Air Force Photo (click on image for full size)
Another surrender leaflet, encouraging Americans and Filipinos to surrender to the Japanese.
  The photo shows the remains of one of the more than 100 American Prisoners of War captured at Bataan and Corregidor and burned alive by the Japanese at a Prisoner of War camp, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. Medical personnel were attempting to identify them.
National Archive Photo: From, Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, compiled 1754 - 1954. NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-111-SC-212111
This Library of Congress Photo shows Filpino injured in the fighting on Bataan, Jan. 28, 1942.
This Library of Congress Photo Shows, General Douglas MacArthur, congratulating Captain Villamor of the Philippine Air Force. Captain Villamor performed heroic service in the Battle of Bataan.
 Major General Jonathan Wainwright (left) is shown with General Douglas MacArthur, in this Library of Congress Photo. Wainwright took over command when MacArthur was ordered to Australia. 
Photo Details
 Lieutenant Mary Lohr, a Army nurse, of Greenburg, Pennsylvania (left), was awarded the Royal Blue Ribbon, for gallant service at Bataan. With her is Lieutenant Robert L. Laub of Richland, Missouri, who received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism as torpedo bomber pilot in the Battle of Midway. Library of Congress Photo. Photo Details
 This Buy War Bonds Poster, says "Remember me? I was at Bataan"
It is at the National Archives, as part of the Series: World War II Posters, compiled 1942 - 1945
NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-44-PA-1626
 Making good on his promise to return, General Douglas MacArthur wades ashore during initial landings at Leyte.   National Archives Photo: Part of; Series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, compiled 1754 - 1954. NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-111-SC-407101
 This National Archives Photo shows Douglas MacArthur and Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright greeting each other August 31, 1945 in Japan. It was their first meeting since  parting on Corregidor more that three years before.
 In this photo, an Army Chaplain, who was taken prisoner at Bataan, in April, 1942, blesses the flag made from supply parachutes by Allied POWs, at Maibara Prisoner of War Camp, Japan. The photo was taken in 1945. 
Photo: Australian War Memorial.  details

Ever hear of the Angels of Bataan?


Anonymous said...

F*ckin Jap Gov't still hasn't apologized for these atrocities.Or the rape of Nanking.

Anonymous said...

These pictures show only a portion of the hell our men in the Philippines went through; none shown here show how malnourished our men were, and disease ridden. They don't show how they're bent over from working as Slaves for the Japanese (Mitsubishi, and others). No pictures of Camp O'Donnell (the worst POW camp in the history of war), there are no pictures of the box cars our men were jammed into where they could barely breathe, or the Hell Ships where they had the same problems and had to stand in their own urine and feces and pass dead fellow soldiers over their heads to be thrown overboard into the sea. There are no pictures of any of the POW Camps; yet there are 4 pictures of MacArthur who left (albeit on orders) without demanding and making sure provisions for food, medicine, guns, ammo, clothes and shoes were sent and received by the men. Had he done that our men might not have been captured, but he ran like a rat abandoning ship after his plan failed and then the original plan failed to get the upper hand against the Japanese. He was a coward, a racist, and a traitor..and and egotistical glory hound who made sure the world would see him going back to Bataan AFTER our men had been freed. Thanks to MacArthur and some DC politicians the Japanese NEVER have to apologize or make any kind of restitution for the way they treated our POW's..and yet this man was buried as a hero in Arlington National Cemetery...only HERO'S not traitorous zero's should be buried there. My Great Uncle was one of the few who survived the Bataan Death March, Camp O'Donnell, one of those box cars and ships I mentioned earlier and several other prison camps the last being Camp Hoten in Mukden, Manchuria. THE WHOLE TRUTH NEEDS TO BE TOLD IF WE ARE TO TRULY HONOR THESE MEN.

Xray359 said...

My Dad was there. 17 Years old, stationed at Nichols Field then, captured at Bataan. Spent time at Camp O'Donnell then sent to Manila to load ships. Later, sent to Northern Japan via the "Canadian Inventor" and worked in coal mines.

Other than a couple of funny stories, lessons about not wasting food and lots of (now what we call)PTSD, That's all I know about my Dad's POW experience.

He was a tough and mean bastard to the day he died. God bless our heroes.

The Reptile Guy said...

You said a lot with your "God bless our heroes". They all deserve God's blessings, and the ones serving now deserve his protection.
We owe your dad and those who served with him so much. It is really a debt that can't be repaid.

joshua's place said...

I was 7 years old when the death march passed in front of our home. My Dad was recalled back to Manila to help evacuate the wounded from the port area. I saw the Japanese soldiers shoot 4 americans and pushed them in to a ditch. and later the Filipinos buried them. my Dad was interned in Santo Tomas for the duration of the war.

The Reptile Guy said...


Thanks for sharing this. Very important that anyone there not be forgotten. Even civilians went through hell.

Anonymous said...

Nowadays most people don't truly understand what are veterans went through, so they don't understand how much they suffered for us.

Anonymous said...

king, queen or pawns, chickens or lions - all suffered in the battlefield and their families mourned. we can only say so much now but we have actually never been there. let us just be grateful some stood up when others failed their hearts. after all, we are victims of wars.the real enemy is satan who wants to destroy love and peace in the hearts of men. - louie

Brandi said...

To Xray359, My name is Brandi and I stumbled across this blog while looking at POW postcards that were sent from POW Camp #1. You said in your comment that your father came home and I also looked at the first sentence that you left and you gave a timeline of where your dad was during WWII. With only a name and a date of death I have done two months of research on my Great Uncle Harold M. Williams "Uncle Babe" as he followed the same path that your father did. I have filled out all of the paperwork and sent it off two weeks ago to ST. Louis to get my great Uncle's records. There are so many missing pieces still that you might be able to help me on. I thought that my great uncle was forgotten and as I dug through information on the internet. I was very wrong. He has a headstone of Memorial in Scottsbluff, NE and he also has one in North Platte, NE and one in the Manila American Cemetery with his name on the wall as MIA/KIA. I know that there are missing medals that my uncle should have but, we dont have them yet. If you get this can you please get a hold of me at or on FB under Brandi Williams from Fort Collins, CO and my cell and office phone is 970-391-8278. I hope any of you can help fill in the gaps as to my Great Uncle who had a family when he was drafted in and he still does have a family that does keep him in our hearts. His story needs to be told. He is on Bill Bowen's Roster of the sinking of the Arisan Maru where over 1800 POW's were on that ship that was torpedoed out of Manila then went to Luzon and back to Manila and then was supposed to head to Japan and he was "Lost at Sea" as the Torpedo blew that freighter in half and there was no way he would have survived that as we have post cards from POW camp #1 and only three of them came to the US that were censored by the Japanese and the US. His date of Death was October 24, 1944 and you wrote your blog on Oct, 24, 2013. I hope if anyone knows how our POW's got to where they were shipped out of San Francisco did they go to boot camp or was it on the job training. My uncle planted mines. If anyone can help me find out anymore information please get a hold of me, Thank you so very much. Always, Brandi Williams

Melinda said...

"Filipino soldiers and police comprised over three-quarters of the Death Marchers. Here, a group of Filipinos carry fellow soldiers unable to walk."

Caption was changed by AP. The photo, thought to be of the Bataan Death March, actually was an Allied POW burial detail.

Kimberly Johnson said...

@ Brandi, I am in contact with a gentleman named John Eakin who helped me obtain records on my Mother's HS Sweethearts' brother who died at Cabanatuan in 1942. And now, the US Department Case Manager for Past Conflict Repatriations Branch has reached out to me regarding DNA testing and identifying these men that were left in mass graves. As soon as I hear back from them on whether or not they would like me to post their information here. I will definitely post it for all those seeking their loved ones.
The Govt. is FINALLY doing something about this. And I believe most, if not all of the credit due should be given to Mr. John Eakin.

They are wanting to work with the Families and have these men brought home and buried as their families wish.

You can msg me at
God Bless Our Troops.