|11-13-2012 04:36 PM|
Thanks to your grandpa and to all those who served during WWII for all they did. Your grandpa was a very lucky and heroic man that he was able to return home. Here's a Wikipedia quote about the Bataan Death March:
"In June 2001, U.S. Congressional Representative Dana Rohrabacher described the horrors and brutality that the prisoners experienced on the march:
"They were beaten, and they were starved as they marched. Those who fell were bayoneted. Some of those who fell were beheaded by Japanese officers who were practicing with their samurai swords from horseback. The Japanese culture at that time reflected the view that any warrior who surrendered had no honor; thus was not to be treated like a human being. Thus they were not committing crimes against human beings.[...] The Japanese soldiers at that time [...] felt they were dealing with subhumans and animals.""
Author Laura Hillenbrand wrote an excellent book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, about WWII hero and POW, Louis Zamperini, it was chilling what these men went thru.
|11-13-2012 12:24 AM|
|Nigel||Im glad your grandfather was able to make through all that and it's too bad you never got to meet him. We owe so much to our Veterans.|
|11-12-2012 08:30 PM|
|PatchonGSD||A true Hero! Thank you for sharing that!|
|11-12-2012 04:40 PM|
I have been to that camp and it gives me chills just thinking about it today. It is amazing how people survived, I also visited the camps in Thailand and Singapore. The soldiers suffered almost identical to Bataan's soldiers, it's sickening that people can be so cruel to another human beings.
The women in the Philippines and I'm sure in other Asian countries were raped repeatedly by the Jap soldiers, my own grandmother had to get married as early as 16 to avoid getting raped by the Japs, (they preferred virgins).
Thanks to your grandfather and the very braved soldiers who fought for freedom. The whole of Asia would be speaking Japanese today if it weren't for their bravery and determination.
|11-12-2012 04:19 PM|
This is why it is important to remember those on Veteran's Day. It's people like your grandfather and my father that served our country so that we can enjoy the freedom that we now enjoy.
I'm sorry that you never met your grandfather, he sounds like he was one heck of a guy!
|11-12-2012 04:10 PM|
Newsreel when my grandpa was released after the Bataan Death March
I am very proud of my grandpa and I wish I could have met him. He died before I was born. He was captured by the Japanese and in the Bataan Death March (look it up on google for more facts). Here is a clip from the newsreel of when he came home. He was over 6" tall and weighed less than 100 pounds (They made them march over 10 miles a day and tortured and starved them)