Talk:Bataan Death March

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Citizenship of Filipino POWs[edit]

[The following remark was posted by 216.52.207.104 on the article page. It has been C&P'd here for discussion S. Rich (talk) 18:39, 17 March 2014 (UTC)]

The Philipinos during WWII were US citizens by an act of Congress so they should not be separated from the US POW since they were US POW and not Philipino POW's and if not it should be footnoted that they were american citizens util 1946. 18:39, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
This is mistaken. Filipinos were at one point U.S. nationals, but they were never U.S. citizens. --Yaush (talk) 19:29, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

The distinction has merit because Filipino and American POWs were treated differently. They were mostly segregated from each other from capture, on the Death March, and at Camp O'Donnell. Nearly all surviving Filipino POWs were released over the last half of 1942, whereas American POWs were held for the duration of the war. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kohlerdino (talkcontribs) 15:47, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Norbert Schmelkes -- recommended article[edit]

The name Norbert Schmelkes was added by an IP as a notable survivor. It looks like he is a notable person and worthy of an article. Here is the ref that was supplied: [1]. I removed the name because he does not (yet) have a Wikipedia article. So here's hoping that an article can be developed so that his name can be added. – S. Rich (talk) 04:10, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

Ferdinand Marcos[edit]

There is no mention in the article on Marcos of any involvement in the Bataan Death March There is discussion there of a fabricated war record. Is there evidence to support his involvement in the Bataan Death march ???— Preceding unsigned comment added by Shoka (talkcontribs)

Based on the article about Marcos, I agree. I've removed his name. Chris Troutman (talk) 00:00, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Anti-Japanese sentiment[edit]

Japanese gave their food and water to the weakening Americans who then wanted them dead. It was impossible to walk Americans that far without Japanese dying as well. User:NipponSun7 — Preceding undated comment added 11:55, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

According to what source? Not unlike the Armenian genocide, force marching large numbers of people when rations are slim is bound to cause casualties. That doesn't absolve the perpetrators of guilt. By the way, I appreciate you announcing your pro-Japanese bias on your user page. You'll excuse me for not regarding your opinion seriously. Chris Troutman (talk) 16:53, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
The article does need more work. For example, the march began on April 9, 1942, but we don't know when it ended. And what was the casualty rate? If we assume certain low and high figures are correct, we can say 10,000 casualties out of 60,000 captives is horrendous. But loosing 2,500 out of 80,000 captives is quite a different matter. And what were the findings by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East with regard to Bataan? This is not to excuse the actions of the Japanese. The casualty rate for the captives they held was markedly higher than that of the Allies. Again, I present these remarks in hopes that the article can be improved, not to argue who are the good guy and bad guys. – S. Rich (talk) 17:15, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
The accuracy of this article is not damaged by whatever notional anti-Japanese sentiment that has arisen because of the bestial violence displayed by the Japanese soldiers. I removed the POV tag. Binksternet (talk) 23:50, 30 November 2014 (UTC)