Imperial Brutality: Bataan Death March By "Their ferocity grew as we marched ... they were no longer content with mauling stragglers or pricking them with bayonet points. The thrusts were intended to kill." - Capt. William Dyess, 21st Pursuit Squadron commander With few aircraft left, U.S. Army Air Forces personnel fought as infantry to hold the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. Although they suffered from malnourishment and disease, these men battled valiantly until they were ordered by their commander to surrender on April 9, 1942. Then followed the barbarity of the Bataan Death March, during with thousands of U.S. and Filipino prisoners of war died as a result of their captors' merciless brutality. Worse still, the majority of those who survived the March later perished in transit on "hell ships" to Japan or in POW camps. Click on the following links to learn more about the Bataan Death March. The Cost of Being Unprepared: The Last Days on Bataan Buying Time in the Pacific: The Battle of the Points Desperate Defenders: The Provisional Air Corps Regiment One Man Scourge: William E. Dyess The End in Bataan Bataan Death March The Aftermath Angels of Mercy Master Sgt. Charles B. Causey Makeshift Uniform Click here to return to the World War II Gallery. Find Out More Videos Yesterday's Air Force: Bataan Death March (Air Force TV) (00:03:10) Other Resources American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.