|FRANKLIN COMMONS Phoenixville, PA|
KUNTAO Martial Arts Club is the creator of the Annual Bataan Death March Ceremony in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
The first ceremony to honor the WWII American and Filipino Veterans of The Battle of Bataan was held at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on May 12, 2012.
The ceremony included a documentary of survivors and a presentation of Bataan Death March commemorative plaques to the Commanders of VFW Post 1564 and VFW Post 7155.
Each year KUNTAO will host the Bataan Death March Ceremony and in 2013 we plan to build a memorial to the American and Filipino Veterans who survived and died.
BATAAN DEATH MARCH HISTORY
April 9, 1942 – The Bataan Death March the forcible transfer, by the Imperial Japanese Army, of 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of prisoners. The 80 mile march was characterized by wide-ranging torture, bayoneted and murder, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon prisoners and civilians alike by the Japanese Army.
Those that survived were forced to walk to Camp O’Donnell. Even after arriving at Camp O’Donnell, the survivors of the march continued to die at a rate of 30–50 per day, leading to thousands more dead. Most of the dead were buried in mass graves that the Japanese dug out with bulldozers on the outside of the barbed wire surrounding the compound. All told, approximately 5,000–10,000 Filipino and 600–650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach Camp O’Donnell.
KUNTAO Phoenixville PA
KUNTAO Martial Arts Club is a member of the:
Kapitbayan Filipino-American Association, Inc. (KFAAI)
American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor