In another picture taken at Zensuji Prison Camp, the POWs in this picture from the left are Capt. Ivan W. Weikel, 1st Lt. Joseph M. Sicillano, 2nd Lt. Henry M. Knox, A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion, 1st Lt. Ward B. Meek, 1st Lt. George A. Gallagher, and 2nd Lt. Martin A. Schecter.
121 hand-selected troops from the U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines. Their mission: March thirty miles in an attempt to rescue 513 American and British POWs who had spent three years in a hellish camp near the city of Cabanatuan. The prisoners included the last survivors of the Bataan Death March left in the camp, and their extraordinary will to live might soon count for nothing—elsewhere in the Philippines, the Japanese Army had already executed American prisoners
Watch 2016 Bataan Memorial Death March Videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUBDuk_U6e1-CtJ1Rxm0bBfmVI7wDEXxW Our videos plus other footage. More videos we filmed will be added tomorrow. There is no audio due to a problem with the video camera we used. We are working on adding new audio to go with interviews we did. The footage from the START of the March with thousands is all unedited footage. Please SHARE
On August 1, 1944, the Japanese’ new policy regarding POWs was intercepted by the Allies. In the simplest language it stated that “…It is the aim not to allow the escape of a single one, to annihilate them all, and not leave any traces.” It was this line that led 25-year-old (and then) Capt. Robert Prince of the US Army’s elite 6th Rangers Battalion to be hand selected by Lt. Colonel Mucci. To plan and execute what would become known as the Raid at Cabanataun.
World War II killed half of the 64 soldiers from Brainerd's A Company, 194th Tank Battalion. Thirty-two—Walt Straka among them—made it home. But as the years went by, the men who hadn't died from starvation or malaria or Japanese bayonets began to die as they aged. For better or for worse, the memory of the march itself will soon die, as there won't be anyone left who actually took part in it.