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Tango0111 Jan 2021 10:29 p.m. PST

….History Forgot

"SHORTLY AFTER SUNRISE on Feb. 23, 1945, elements of the U.S. 11th Airborne Division along with Filipino resistance fighters struck the Japanese prisoner of war camp at Los Baños, Luzon, 40 miles south of Manila and deep in enemy-held territory.

It was a daring air, sea and land operation to liberate 2,146 civilian internees — most of them American men, women and children — held captive since the Japanese invaded the Philippines more that three years earlier.

In 1944, with the war going badly for the Japanese, the guards at Los Baños had turned more brutal; prisoners were being starved on orders of the vicious, Western-hating camp commander who had promised the prisoners: "Before I'm done, you'll be eating dirt." Those caught escaping — even those returning with food for the starving — were shot. With medical supplies scarce, prisoners were dying of diseases like malaria, dysentery and tuberculosis. Then, in February 1945, the Japanese began digging deep trenches near the prisoners' barracks. Many in camp feared preparations were being made for mass executions and burials…"
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John the OFM12 Jan 2021 7:26 p.m. PST

And that is the problem with sites like Militaryhistorynow.com.
"History forgot?" Nonsense. That's irrelevant and silly twaddle.
It's nothing but click bait. They take a good story and ruin it with a dumb title.

Legion 429 Jan 2021 9:20 a.m. PST

Very interesting operation, I have read about/studied before.

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