09 Apr '17, 6pm

Bataan survivors mark 75th anniversary of surrender in the Philippines

BATAAN, Philippines — It’s been 75 years since Oscar Leonard fought alongside his American and Filipino buddies, affectionately known as the “Battling Bastards of Bataan.” In those desperate days the allies were low on ammunition and supplies but ordered to delay the enemy’s advance along the Bataan peninsula for as long as possible. By the time they surrendered on April 9, 1942, many defenders were too weak to survive a forced march north, and those who lagged were shot and bayoneted by their ruthless captors. On Sunday, Battle of Bataan survivors, including Leonard, were guests of honor at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the surrender of the peninsula. “I was damn lucky that I decided to leave Bataan before the [battle] ended,” said Leonard, who escaped the peninsula by swimming to the island of Corregidor while holding onto a floating log. Representatives of ...

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