USA and Philippine Flags
The American citizen can enjoy some of his country's history here in the Philippines. Most of the history is from World War II. These monuments and markers are reminders of the suffering and imprisonment American soldiers endured after the surrender to the Japanese on April 9, 1942.
Death March Marker in Clark
Death March Monument in Capas
A Close Up
The first Japanese Kamikaze sortie took off from the site below on October 21, 1944. By the time of the last sortie on January 6, 1945, 322 U.S. Navy vessels were sunk or heavily damaged, over 12,000 American sailors were killed, and 36,000 Americans seriously wounded by the suicide pilots.
Located just outside Clark
Kamikaze Airfield Monument
Japanese Tunnel/Bunker at the Kamikaze Airfield
When we arrived at the prison camp site below, a grounds keeper gave us a sheet with a map of the original camp and some of the history of the place. Late in 1942, 6000 American soldiers (some of them survivors of the death march) were interred here along with many Filipino POWs. Within a few months, 3000 Americans had died from executions, disease, beatings and starvation. Later 2000 were transferred to Japan. On January 30, 1945 American Rangers released the remaining 500 POW's by penetrating 27 miles into hostile territory.
Cabanatuan Prison Camp Site
Supports for the Prison Camp's Water Tower
(the only thing left from the original prison camp)
Memorial Wall for those Who Died Here
An Overview of the Memorial
Sometime soon we hope to tell you a little about another significant WWII site, the Island of Corregidor.