During WWII, after the April 9, 1942 U.S. surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese, approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make the arduous 65 mile march to prison camps. Our speaker, Frank Francone, was in the United States Army serving in the Philippines in 1946-1947 as a Second Lieutenant, assigned to the Philippines Scouts at Camp O’Donnell. Although not actually part of the march, he served at the receiving end of those who were in the Bataan Death March. For his work in the Philippines, Frank was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that U. S. Congress bestows upon civilians.
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