A dude I once knew relayed to me a story 'bout how there were a handful of the survivors in his Air Force unit back in the early 60's. He said whenever they entered the DFAC the entire place, no matter what rank, would stand at attention in silence until those gentlemen would get their food and be seated.
If the statement "I know I'll go to heaven, because I've done my time in hell" ever applied to someone, it would be the 12,000 US and 66,000 Filipino that endured the horror of that event. From every account, as bad as the US troops were treated, the Filipino were treated far, far worse. There are only handful of the survivors left, and more pass every day. If there is any upside to this, it is that the chains carried with them are forever broken, and they will finally be at peace.
May our fighting men, and women, never have to endure such horror again..
(I have other unrelated reasons to have no respect for Douglas MacArthur, but that is for another thread.. )
B Co 3/75 '95-'99
4th RTB '00-'01
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