When Did the Bataan Death March End?

When Did the Bataan Death March End?

Although an exact end to the Bataan Death March varied by group, most groups in the march took five days to complete the 65-mile trek, beginning on April 9, 1942. The Bataan Death March occurred after the U.S. surrendered the Bataan Peninsula on Luzon to the Japanese.

The Bataan Death March began when Japanese invaded the Philippines, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An army of Filipino and American soldiers retreated to the Bataan Peninsula. After approximately four months, U.S. General Edward King Jr. surrendered the 75,000 troops.

The Japanese forced the soldiers to march 65 miles from the Bataan Peninsula to San Fernando. Groups of 100 marched at a time. Many troops died, though exact numbers are not available.