The Bataan Death March, which began on April 9, 1942, was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60-80,000 Filipino & American prisoners of war after the 3-mo Battle of Bataan in the Philippines. Approximately 2,500-10,000 Filipino & 100-650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach Camp O'Donnell. The 80 mile march was characterized by wide-ranging physical abuse and murder, and was later judged by an Allied military commission to be a Japanese war crime.
Japanese Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma, who has accepted full moral responsibility for the Bataan Death March, stands before the five-man military commission in Manila, Philippines, on Feb. 11, 1946, to hear the verdict pronounced that he is guilty of war crimes and sentenced to be ishot to deathi. Standing with him on left, Maj. John H. Sheen, Jr., Baltimore, Md., chief defense council, and on right is Homma's interpreter. Members of the military commission, are, foreground left to right (backs t...
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Prisoners cheer at their liberation from a POW camp in Luzon. In May 2009, the Japanese ambassador to the US apologized on behalf of his government for the atrocity of the Bataan Death March. In 2010, the Japanese foreign minister also made an apology to six survivors of Japanese POW camps, including Lester Tenney, a 90-year-old survivor of Bataan. Since then, the Japanese government has