From: Lloydene Hill
Hey All, (Esp. Mike)
Here is the link to the Fukuoka Camp 17 site, and also to the bio page I wrote for my dad. Please if anyone else wants to check it out, please do, and donate if you can, because Linda sure could use the funding, she supports it all on her own. It is a labor of love for her, and she could really use some contributions to keep it going. Thanks.
Bataan is infamous. About 75,000 Americans and Filipinos were surrendered there April 9, 1942, by their American commander after supplies ran out and the Japanese cut them off.
About 60,000, already weakened by lack of food and malaria, were forced to march for up to 24 days to prison camps as far away as 80 miles. They had no food, water or medical care. Some collapsed on the way and were killed where they lay. Some went crazy with the heat and lack of water and broke away from the line. They were also killed.
Ten thousand, maybe as much as 16,000, died on the march. Thousands more died of starvation, disease and torture in the next three years. Some estimates are that only a third of the men who were alive at the surrender lived to see liberation in September 1945. Many survived because the man who walked next to him held him up and kept him moving on.
That, Sims said, was the foundation for the slogan of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.
"We exist to help those who cannot help themselves."
Another slogan, worn on a patch on his vest, is perhaps better known:
"The battling Bastards of Bataan," it says. "No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam."