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Bataan Shrine Of Valor "Mt. Samat"

Mt. Samat  cross was named " Shrine of  Valor " which offered  to the Filipino soldiers who fight valiant againts the  Japanese forces during World War 2 . Mt. Samat is located in the province of Bataan, in the Municipality of  Pilar and situated at barangay Diwa. The Shrine of Valor was built under the direction of former President Ferdinand Marcos on 14th of April 1966. It is located at a distance of 130 kilometers from Manila .


Shrine of Valor, which refers to the Bataan Death March . The Bataan Death March was the forced operation by approximately 70,000 prisoners of war ( POWs prisoners of war ) consisting of Filipino and American captured by the Japanese during World War II . Started on 9 April 1942, the march began in Mariveles , Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga ( which reached 88 kilometers away ) , to Capas, Tarlac and re walking distance of 13 kilometers to track down Station O ' Donnell . the death march  took six days.

 March 11 , 1942, at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt , Jr. , General Douglas MacArthur left , with some troops , from Corregidor to Australia . The removal of General MacArthur , appointed Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV as successor to Corregidor , and General Edward P. King also was assigned to lead the war on Bataan . Gradually felt the soldier of the American slowdown of their army against the attacks of Japan . Moreover , rarely was also the arrival of relief food , medicine and weapons from the United States, and continues to grow sick and injured . Consequently , there was no choice but to surrender to the Japanese .

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The fall of Bataan in April 1942 was a compelling reason to weaken the defense and eventually defeat the Corregidor a month later. Surrender made the Bataan was marked by the end of the war here . But alongside such surrender and white colors will be bannered six days of tortured by Japanese soldiers to Filipino Americans soldier which called Death March . Now aday’s Mt.Samat is one of the most popular tourism in Bataan, which  visited by some foreign people and native people.

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