Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Valor Tours Ghost Soldiers of Bataan Day 3 Corregidor and Bataan


We started day three with our favorite jungle hike.  Joining us were Blythe and daughter Jasmine, Diane, Kent, and Sun Cruises/Corregidor Inn employee Tonie.  The others opted for a leisurely morning at the inn, sleeping late and lingering over breakfast on the veranda, or eating early and then gathering to play card games in the open air-lobby. 

Then it was off to Bataan by banca.

Our first stop in Bataan was kilometer 0 in Mariveles, the traditional starting point for the Death March.

John views the KM 00 marker.  His older brother Henry Joseph McConnell survived the Bataan Death March and Camp O'Donnell, only to die later at the Cabanatuan POW camp.  John said it was about 1950 when he began to search for information about his brother's service and captivity. 

We stopped at kilometer 7, "Little Baguio," where Steve's father Walter was located when the war came to Pearl Harbor and the Philippines, and where Blythe's father and Jasmine's grandfather Malcolm Amos surrendered to the Japanese and began the Death March.

Next we went to the Bataan WWII Museum in Balanga, which located behind the Balanga Elementary School.

We stopped at a series of fruit stands before calling it a day.

Finally we arrived at Montemar Beach Resort in Bagac.  It's a beautiful place but unfortunately we were not assigned our usual rooms; the ones we have are nice but much smaller and farther from the beach and restaurant,  We were assured that the staff will use golf carts to transport our older guests when necessary, and this proved to work well to and from dinner.

Tomorrow morning we'll be attending the Day of Valor ceremony on Mount Samat.

Steve and Marcia on the Rock

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