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Foreword

Introduction

The Road to Bataan

The Bataan Death March

The San Fernando Train Ride

Camp O'Donnell

Clark Field Concentration Camp

Bilibid Prison

The Hell Ships

Japan

The Nomachi Express

Camp Nomachi

Surrender, Liberation, and Repatriation

Epilogue

University of Minnesota
Alf R. Larson
Recorded Oral History




Governor Pawlenty
State of the State Address Tribute


KSTP TV Newscasts

Duluth TV Newscasts

KTIS Radio Interview
Rick P./Paulette K.
Alf's Christian Faith




Alf's Letter to God

Memorial:
Alf R. Larson


In Memory:
Alf R. Larson
Star Tribune


US Representative
Erik Paulsen's Tribute


PROCLAMATION
Alf Larson Day -
City of Crystal




Bataan Death March Route Map

Philippine Department of Tourism

Star Tribune:
March of Time
("Article of Interest" for 4-6 Grade Basic Skills Reading Test Prep)




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Philippine Department of Tourism

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Subic Bay and Clark Field:

Subic Bay was former the home for 50 years to the largest U.S. Navy Base outside the United States before it closed in 1992. It is now a bustling economic and commercial zone and resort. Clark Field was an American Air Base before and during World War II. After the Japanese occupation, it became Clark Field Concentration Camp and housed American prisoners of war who performed forced labor. After the devastating eruption of Mount Pinatubo in June 1991, most of the base was damaged. It is presently undergoing massive renovation and construction and will soon have a modern international airport. A first-class hotel and golf resort receives visitors to the former air base.

Leyte Island:

MacArthur Memorial at Leyte

General Douglas MacArthur returned here to recapture the Philippines. On the beach where he actually came ashore more than fifty years ago, statues replicate the landing. The entire beachhead is a memorial to this famous return. The fierce battle that ensued between the American landing forces and the Japanese defending forces exacted heavy losses on both sides.

Baguio City. Mountain Province:

This city is the former location of the Camp John Hay Air Base. This American base was used for rest and recreation. The pristine area served as the summer capital of the Philippines. During World War 11, the 32nd Army Division gave hot pursuit and subsequently defeated the Japanese Forces headed by General Homa, the brutal commander of the Japanese Invasion Forces. Baguio City has the Philippine Military Academy, patterned after the U.S. Army Academy at West Point.

Fort SantiagoIntramurous, Manila:

The "Walled City Of Manila" as it was called during the Spanish era was also an historic site during World War II. The high thick walls that surrounded Manila helped delay the advances of the Japanese into the capital city. Santo Tomas University EntranceThe magnificent walls that still stand at Fort Santiago are historic reminders of the past. Not far is historic Santo Tomas University where many U.S. civilians, including women, were incarcerated during the Japanese occupation of Manila.

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