Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Bataan Death March documentary

Newsround: Bataan Death March

CINCINNATI -- Broadcaster Marty Brennaman apologized on the air for comparing to the Cincinnati Reds' upcoming road trip to the Bataan Death March.

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Thousands of captured U.S. and Filipino soldiers were forced to walk 70 miles to a concentration camp during World War II, many dying along the way. A radio listener in New Mexico heard Brennaman's remark about Bataan and sent the Reds an e-mail objecting to the comparison.
A family photograph gave one Sandpoint man the will to survive the Bataan Death March. Herb Johnson was 24 when he joined the Army Air Corps in 1939.

He was stationed in the Philippines in October 1941 when the Japanese bombed Clark Field, including the soldiers' quarters.

The photograph of Johnson's family taken by Sandpoint photographer Ross Hall was salvaged from the debris, according to a note written by Johnson that his son Gary recently rediscovered
One of New Mexico's last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March has died.

Clifford "Smokey" Martinez of Las Cruces died Thursday at Memorial Medical Center. He was 88.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Manila 1945: The Forgotten Atrocity (DVD)



At the Manila Hotel, in early 1942, Tojo drinks a toast with the leaders of Manila’s clergy.




The absurdity about the picture above is, only three years later, in February, 1945, almost all the priests seen in this picture will have been brutally murdered by elements of the Japanese Imperial Forces when the Japanese declared war on the civilian population of Manila.




Murdered Children on the Streets of Manila


Manila: 1945
“The Forgotten Atrocity”


Peter Parsons directed and produced the most historically accurate documentary on the Manila Massacre we have ever seen, with the boldest footage of the massacre.

This documentary shows that the Manila Massacre was a systematic military operation carried out by elements of the Japanese Imperial Forces. It denies the Japanese their lie that the massacre was simply random acts of a few soldiers who had run amok.


“The Battling Bastards of Bataan” endorses this documentary.

If you wish to purchase a copy of this DVD or if you have any questions, please contact Peter Parsons at ppars@aol.com.

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Statement of Peace and Reconciliation

On February 27 to March 20, 2001, a group of students under Prof. Tsuoshi Amemiya of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan visited the Philippines.

Learning about the atrocities that the Japanese Imperial Army committed during its invasion of the country moved the students into sending the following letter. Click the thumbnails for the full sizes.

"We are ashamed to confess that we did not know this undeniable fact of history; that is, Filipinos were totally deprived of their human rights by the Japanese Military, the result being all the brutalities."



Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Doolittle Raid Photos

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Crew 16 was captured by the Japanese after bailing out. Lt. Farrow (front left) and Sgt. Spatz (extreme right) were executed on 15 Oct 1942 along with Lt. Hallmark from Crew 6.

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Crew 11. Capt. Ross Green (front left) was shot down over North Africa on 17 Jul 1943. He was Captured – Escaped – Recaptured and spent the rest of the war as a POW.

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Crew 12. Sgt. Duquette (extreme right) was killed 6 weeks after the raid when his plane hit a mountain in China while returning from a bombing mission.

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Crew 8 landed near Vladivostok with engine trouble and were interned in Russia until they escaped through Iran in May 1943.

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Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and Crew. Dick Cole, 2nd from right, a member of the Greatest Generation, remains active on his farm in Comfort, Texas.

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Summary:

80 Men flew from the Hornet on 18 April 1942
3 were killed bailing out
8 were captured by the Japanese
3 POWs were executed
1 died of malnutrition and mistreatment
4 were repatriated 40 months into captivity
10 were KIA in Europe, North Africa & Indo-China
4 were shot down and interred as German POWs