Battle of Bataan

The Japanese landed troops on Luzon on December 10 and 12, and on Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, on December 20. At the time of the invasion, MacArthur’s troops  numbered some 31,000 well-trained forces composed of both American and Filipino (12,000 of the men were the crack...

Battle of Corregidor

  Corregidor Surrender About 4,000 of the 11,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war from Corregidor were marched through the streets of Manila to incarceration at Fort Santiago and Bilibid Prison, criminal detention centers turned POW camps. US Army and Navy nurses (the “Angels...

Bilibid Prison

The notorious Bilibid Prison, or Old Bilbid Prison Camp in Manilla, was located in the heart of Manila, not far and a short distance from Santo Tomas University. At Santa Tomas Allied civilians were interned during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. A nineteenth-century Spanish...

Karenko-Taiwan

Camp Opened: 08/17/42 – Camp Closed: 06/6/43 – There is some discrepancy on the close date. 23° 58.9083′ N 121° 36.7083′ E    After the Japanese conquered all of the Asian colonies in late 1941 and the spring of 1942, they got the idea that they should separate the...

Santa Tomas Camp

Japanese Attack on Manilla . . .   Pearl Harbor was not the only attack the Japanese conducted against the Americans on December 7, 1941. Across the International Date Line, the same day, December 8, 1941, the Japanese invaded Luzon, the largest island in the Philippine chain. Much of...

Shirawawa-Taiwan

SHIRAKAWA POW CAMP Camp Opened: 06/06/43 – Camp Closed: 08/26/45 Shirakawa POW Camp was opened in June 1943 with the transfer of over 300 POWs from Karenko Camp. It was formerly a Japanese army training camp and barracks. The camp was near a wooded hillside occupying around 10,000 sq....