Our dear Remy Tuazon-Martin is sharing these pictures of the family’s recent visit to Mount Samat in Pilar, Bataan, which, incidentally, is also the birthplace of Danny Martin.
Mount Samat is the site of the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), built in honor of the thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who perished fighting the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942.
After fierce battle lasting 3 days, 78,000 exhausted, sick and starving men under Major General Edward P. King surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942. It was, and still is, the single largest surrender of US and Philippine Forces ever. These forces were then led on the Bataan Death March.
The mountain is now a war memorial. A huge white cross stands as a mute but eloquent reminder of the men who died there. It also acts as a tourist attraction with a war museum nearby that has a wide array of displays from paintings of the Philippine heroes to armaments used by the American, Filipino and Japanese forces during the heat of the battle.
We would like to thank Remy for sharing these snapshots. And if you want to see more, please click here.