The Battle of Bataan

"We're the battling bastards of Bataan;
No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam;
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces;
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces.
. . . And nobody gives a damn."

While numerous other groups pay tribute to the story of The Bataan Death March, and the ultimate imprisonment of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers in the early months of The Pacific War, this group is for those interested in the battle that led to those infamous atrocities. While it is imperative to remember the sacrifice of those who died after the guns fell silent, it is also important to remember that the soldiers of Bataan were not simply prisoners, but warriors too. This group is for those interested in the history of the battle.

Though numerous books, documentaries and feature films have renewed interest in the history of Bataan, comparatively little has been done to cover the battle itself. Notable exceptions include Colonel John Whitman’s invaluable book “Bataan: Our Last Ditch”, but otherwise the battle is generally glossed over. This is unfortunate, given that Bataan was the first major land battle for allied forces in the Pacific, and the fact that countless stories of valor can be found in the accounts of both American and Filipino soldiers.

In truth, Bataan was a somewhat complex battle, fought in less than perfect terrain, under some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Using long outdated equipment, and with limited supplies, a starving Fil-American army defended the island of Luzon for months; exceeding the expectations of the enemy, and their own people back home.

We welcome anyone interested in the Battle of Bataan, the descendants of its participants, veterans, and anyone else who would like to share information and discuss the history of the engagement. Discussions on Corregidor, the numerous naval actions, and events throughout the Philippines in the winter and spring of 1942 are also welcome. Most importantly we also recognize and salute the tremendous sacrifice of the American and Filipino Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Medical Personnel, and Civilians who served in the Philippines both before, and after, April 9, 1942.

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