June 11, 1942

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
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They left the men in this position the rest of this day and until they were taken out and shot the next day, not having had water or anything to eat.

The Japs did not want us to see the execution and made us all go back inside the barracks. The barrack that I was in was only about one hundred yards from the spot. They then lined the prisoners up in front of shallow graves, not over two feet deep, that had been dug to bury them in, and then gave the order to fire. After they had been shot by the firing squad, the Officer in charge went up and took his pistol and held the gun to their heads and shot them again. Later it was said that he did this out of the mercy for them. These men were buried near the place where they had buried the sergeant that had died upon our arrival in this Hell hole.

The order then came from the Camp Commandant that in the future, any man escaping or attempting to escape would be shot, and that the remainder of the prisoners would be lined up and numbered, and every tenth man would be shot. That stopped those of us who were planning to escape for the price was too high. Not that we were not willing to risk our own lives, but that meant that five hundred other men would die if our attempt failed.

Comments
  1. Thank you for sharing this incredible diary. I will be tuning in for more.

  2. hopeinbrazil says:

    Thanks for doing this. I have a special interest in the history of the Bataan Death March and events surrounding it.

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