from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A peninsula of western Luzon, Philippines, between Manila Bay and the South China Sea. After an extended siege U.S. and Philippine World War II troops surrendered to the Japanese in April 1942. U.S. forces recaptured the peninsula in February 1945.

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  • n. the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War II; United States forces surrendered in 1942 and recaptured the area in 1945


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  • Stationed in Bataan in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II they are separated by the impending Japanese invasion, with Evelyn going home to the United States and Frank staying to fight.

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  • The reason the name Bataan is remembered at all, even among non-WWII-history-buffs, is because of the notorious abuse of US and Filipino POWs there at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army.


  • Mexico, and I had come -- come out to New Mexico and kept seeing the word Bataan: Bataan Memorial Drive, Memorial Library.

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  • One day toward the end of the salvage period in Bataan, the water supply at the camp was put out of business by Filipinos who deliberately smashed our water pump.


  • It seemed somehow pleasant to be back in Bataan among these friendly G. I.'s, and we soon reached the site of #l


  • The drunken spree lasted for years after the conflict and I allowed the feeling of our national invincibility to pervade me (to such an extent that our defeats in Bataan, Corregidor and Pearl Harbor became "just a fluke").

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  • Our situation in Bataan, away from Japanese headquarters, gave us


  • He even said that, though defeated in Bataan and Corregidor, we had been able to delay the Japanese advance to Australia.


  • Therefore, the number of people in Bataan at the time of the surrender was closer to 105,000.

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  • ATTRIBUTION: General DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, reflection on the first anniversary of the fall of Bataan, April 9, 1942, as reported by The New York Times, April 9, 1943, p. 9, which added, “It was the first time General MacArthur had mentioned the name Bataan publicly” since the day after the fall.

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