“In Pursuit of Truth!”
THE BEAT GOES ON:
It would be better if the "beat" were replaced by myths, untruths, outright knowing lies, misleading relatives.
Our founder, Major Richard Gordon and I, plus many other Bataan
Veterans have often discussed this. Our BBB Motto is "IN PURSUIT OF
TRUTH". After 65 years, "The Beat Goes
On". We still receive inquiries from next of kin, families, and friends
that were told their relative was on the Bataan Death March. We even received
them from some that were in
Today there are laws against claiming awards that are false, but people can still lie about where they served or, even if they were there, and what they did. Believe me, most reporters, who interview these veterans, never check for the facts. Most reporters become upset with the BBB (Battling Bastards of Bataan) when we tell them the TRUTH. History should not be what you want it to be.
One Service Organization, I believe it is the VFW, has a special unit that checks claims and when proven to be false, CALLS THEM LIARS. Such information is published in their Magazine. There are a lot of "wannabees" in today’s conflicts as well.
For years the ADBC QUAN has been and still is one of the worse perpetuators of these untruths, etc… Apparently, there is no Quality Control (QC) in what is printed in the Quan.
THREE RECENT EXAMPLES:
In Vol. 61, Number 3, November-December 2006 issue:
World War II Death March Survivor Honored
Notes that the LAST survivor of the BDM was honored. An OUTRIGHT FALSE STATEMENT AND ANYONE THAT WAS THERE BY A GLANCE WOULD KNOW IT WAS FALSE.
The person so honored, George Small, came to my F CO,
The story goes on that the Japs killed thousands of AMERICANS on the BDM. Wrong again. The best figure, based on personnel reports and the number that made it to O'Donnell, that about 730-750 Americans died on the BDM. And, that is too many… Thousands died in one way only if one included the 4,000 + Filipino Soldiers who died on the March. THERE WERE NO ROSTERS ON THE BDM.
"60 years after the March" by Andrew Sirochi
Reads in part, “they about 4,000 strong ---on
"Bataan Survivor tells story to Students”
This story implies that ADBC PNC Ed Jackfert
made the BDM. He was not quoted as saying he was a Death March Survivor, but
the article implies he was a Death March survivor. Ed, a Member of the 19th
Bomb Group went to
This has been a very old problem with the Quan. They refuse to edit the articles they publish in the Quan, therefore we can only assume that nothing which we read in the Quan can be trusted.
These are only three examples AND "THE BEAT GOES ON." My friend, Dick (Gordon) told me more than once, "Till, we will never stop this kind of ‘stuff’" (used a different word). I am beginning to believe he was correct, but, as long as the BBB exists we will be "IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH".
AS I SEE IT OR SO IT APPEARS:
Our plans for restoring the San Fernando Train Station into a
museum has hit a snag. Key persons, Indira and her
husband Al Kane, have moved from the city of
This is of great concern to us because not only do we wish to
restore and preserve the Train Station, but Indira
and Al also found one of the Boxcars used to transport the Death Marchers from
I never thought I would ever again see one of those torture chambers again. It really got to me when I received a photo of the Boxcar from Indira. Chills went all over me when it hit me, this might be the one I was in and it still does now as I write this.
I'd like to see it protected, moved to O'Donnell with a covered shed placed over it until we resolve the Train Station situation. We, the BBB, can and will raise the funds necessary to move the Boxcar and build the Shed, but we need access to the Boxcar.
This Boxcar is such a very vital part of the Bataan Death March,
it’s history, and how it happened. For those of you who do not know, this
Boxcar is a WW I French vintage, used to carry 40 Men or 8 Horses, thus the
American Legion 40 et 8 got its name. The Japanese went further, no horses but
100 Men packed in each car with closed doors, no food or water, in intense
heat, no ventilation. You bet. This car is important and needed as part of the
story of the Bataan Death March. Perhaps Colonel Rafael Estrada, DBC Commander
We were planning a trip in April 2007 to
We have a supporter in
Many of you wonder about the BBB. Yes, we have lost three Board of Director members, but our commitment and dedication prevails and we continue to provide info and pursue the truth and will do so for a long time.
An item of interest perhaps: On 5 Feb 07 I spoke to the
OUR BBB MEMORIAL FUND: This fund (trust) maintains our Memorial at
Another Item of Interest – Facts!
We received an article from the SA E/N paper published on 9 April, 2006. It was sent to us by one of the Volunteers at the ALM VA. Let's look at some FACTS regarding this article.
This article concerned BG Lewis Beebe, G-4, USAFE and his
"Lost" POW Diary. The heading of this article infers that Beebe was
Beebe wrote that "our" troops were not doing well due to
lack of training and discipline.
Beebe, nor any one else on Corregidor,
including MacArthur, had the slightest idea of just
how bad matters were on
They were not issued their weapons yet!
BUT, consider this,
On 24 Jan '42 orders were given to WITHDRAW ALL SUPPLIES FROM
BATAAN. Beebe was one of the few
that knew of this SECRET order. The Troops on
Beebe wrote that Wainwright had ordered King to launch an attack
that he believed was never given. That is TRUE except the order came from MacArthur.
It also reveals that they had no idea of the condition of the Troops on
Beebe wrote that King wanted to surrender
On the Hospital patients, Dr. Browe, who was at the Hospital stated that the Japanese actually treated them okay when they observed how well they were taking care of the Japanese wounded. General King also told us. If he had known or had any idea that the Japanese were going to treat us like they did on the March and at O'Donnell he might have had second thoughts about the surrender.
Beebe wrote that some Troops swam to
Isn't it amazing that so many of these afterwards claimed they were on the BDM. Some even claim they were on the 2nd BDM. Another falsehood! Wannabees!
On 29 March '42, Beebe asked his G-4 if there were any supplies on Corregidor that could be sent to
Speaking for our
Speaking of Rations
We knew that our guys in the rear were eating better than we were on the front lines. When we managed to visit them, while in a holding status, (they used the Philippine Carabao Division for attacks and to plug holes in line in the Mountain Jungles) we visited the 200th and 515th CAC. We made good friends there and, yes, they had better and more food than we did, but we were not bitter about it. Trucks were hi-jacked heading to the front lines with rations for the Troops there, especially when they had cigarettes.
We were convinced that
The above disparity between Corregidor and Bataan was sharply raised when Bataan MPs stopped a supply truck taking food to the two AA Batteries from Corregidor that were on Bataan doing search light duties but receiving rations from Corrigidor and receiving issues from Bataan also! The Batteries were E and G of the 60th CAC.
SPECIAL NOTE HERE FOR CLARIFICATION: THESE UNITS WENT BACK TO CORREGIDOR
BEFORE BATAAN FELL AND THERE NEVER WERE ANY 59TH CAC UNITS ON
The items listed on this shipment for Batteries E and G included " a case of Bacon, 24 cans of Vienna sausage, one sack of cracked wheat, 24 pounds of raisins, 33 lbs of lard, 24 cans each of peas, corn, tomatoes, potatoes and peaches, 24 bottles of ketchup, 50 cartons of cigarettes and 600 lbs of rice.
NOW AS FRED TOLD ME, I SEE THE PROBLEM, WE WERE NOT PART OF THE HARBOR DEFENSE!
The opinion and actual statements were, "the equal
distribution of food between 74,000 Men, the Filipinos and Americans on Bataan,
and 10,000 Men on Corregidor could NOT have saved the
Never mind that it may have helped the Bataan Troops better endure
the hell of the Bataan Death March and possibly reduced the fast number of
By October ’42, only six months into their captivity, nearly
half of the Americans captured on Bataan had already died, on the Death March,
RE: The Surrender of Corregidor; At 6 AM, 6 May 1942 Gen. Beebe stepped up to the microphone of the "Voice of Freedom" and in a tired but clear tones read a message to General Homma. It was from Gen Wainwright and contained his offer to surrender.
Let's make it perfectly clear, once and for all, NO Corregidor Troops made the Bataan Death March regardless of
a few that claimed to have done so in one way or another. The only Men (no
Nurses had to, thankfully) that made the Death March were most of the troops on
Not all started from Mariveles, another
group started from Bagac on the western part and met
at Cabcaben, the crest of Zig
Zag Trail, and joined many more that had been taken
there (at Cabcaben). From Mariveles
the trek was about 114 KM, including the "Death Train” ride from
In Beebe's article he stated, they (on the Death March) were four abreast, mixed with Filipino soldiers. Not so in most groups. We straggled and struggled. We were in no condition to march in a "Parade" like fashion. It is believed that we lost more troops on the Zig-Zag Trail than the rest of the hike. These seven kilometers was a hellish hike, going almost straight up on a sharp angle, on a narrow curving dirt road, with Men trying to avoid the Japanese soldiers coming up and down the road in trucks, doing their best to put a "notch" on their belts by killing a Filipino or American POW. Many succeeded.
They had their own story. Nothing stated is intended to take away
from their honorable fight. BUT, it is well documented, not just an
opinion. The men on Corregidor did not have to survive the conditions in
Bataan, the Bataan Death March, including the Train ride, and
In the opinion of most, if not all
Memorial Certificates are available for Active Members. Those that
have received them were very complimentary including how impressed they were
with the appearance. For any other
JAMES H. STEED JR SON OF JAMES H. STEED SR. CO H,
"THE BATTLING BASTARDS OF BATAAN STRONGLY RECOMMENDS IF YOU WISH TO VERIFY A PERSON'S CLAIM THAT THEY ARE A BDM SURVIVOR OR ANY OTHER STORIES THEY May CLAIM, PLEASE CONTACT OUR WEBMASTER. WE WILL RESEARCH IT AND TELL YOU THE TRUTH TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITIES.
Until next time, take care of yourselves.
Tillman J. RUTLEDGE
BATLING BASTARDS OF
IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH
We have recently received a copy of a DVD with a documentary titled
The civilian internees of the
Finally, this is very important, please enter this website and support “The Lolas”, the Filipina women who have survived to tell their stories as to how they were kidnapped by Japanese soldiers and used as sex slaves, or comfort girls. Please go to this website and show your anger at this injustice. Here is the link: “The Lolas.”