SHAKO: Bataan Death March Remembered.
No Vet, Like an Old Vet.
(Army Reserve photo by Staff Sergeant Ken Scar)
Retired Army Colonel Ben Skardon, 99, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, walks in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March with two Army medics at White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico on March 19, 2017.
This was the 10th time Skardon walked in the event, which commemorates a brutal episode in the history of World War II in the Pacific.
Seventy-five years ago next month (April 9), U.S. forces fighting the Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines coping with heavy casualties, lack of food, ammunition and other supplies were forced to surrender in April 1942.
The approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps. Intense heat, disease, exhaustion and harsh treatment by Japanese guards led to thousands of deaths. A number of atrocities occurred during the march.
Click here to read the accounts of some of the survivors.
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SHAKO is an occasional 4GWAR posting on military history, traditions and culture. For the uninitiated, a shako is the tall, billed headgear worn by many armies from the Napoleonic era to about the time of the American Civil War. It remains a part of the dress or parade uniform of several military organizations like the corps of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Entry filed under: Army, Army National Guard, Asia-Pacific, National Security and Defense, SHAKO, Traditions. Tags: Army Col. Ben Skardon (Ret.), Bataan Death March, Bataan Memorial Death March, POWs, SHAKO, White Sands Missile Range, World War II Vets.