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Camp O'Donnell was a facility of the United States Air Force in Capas, Tarlac, the Philippines. Before the facility was transferred to the US Air Force, it was originally a Philippine Army post and later a United States Army facility. Camp O'Donnell is now a camp of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

History[edit]

During the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines in World War II, Camp O'Donnell was the final stop of the Bataan Death March and was used as an internment camp for Filipino and American prisoners of war. Around 20,000 Filipinos and 1,600 Americans died at Camp O'Donnell.[1] There were no POWs left at the camp when it was retaken by the US Army and Philippine Commonwealth Army on 30 January 1945.

When it was transferred to the US Air Force, it became home to the 3rd Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron, the Pacific Air Forces Electronic Warfare Range, and the Crow Valley Range Complex. Operating Location Delta (OL-D) of the 1961st Communications Group was also located at Camp O'Donnell. OL-D provided communications support to Camp O'Donnell, the Crow Valley Range Complex, worldwide high-frequency military transmitters and microwave relay support Voice of America broadcasts out of the Philippines.

Present[edit]

The former internment camp is the location for the Capas National Shrine[2] which was built and is maintained by the Philippine government as a memorial to the Filipino and American soldiers who died there. A huge obelisk now stands as a grave marker on the original site of the camp, which charges an entrance fee of less than Ph₱20 per head.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Donnell Provost Marshall Report
  2. ^ Capas National Shrine page on the site of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office

Coordinates: 15°22′33″N 120°30′43″E / 15.3759°N 120.5119°E / 15.3759; 120.5119


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192 news items

Ang Malaya Net

ABS CBN News
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:33:45 -0700

Hao said the recruitment and training of the officers is handled by the Training and Doctrine Command (Tradoc) based in Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. Meanwhile, the training of the enlisted personnel are handled by Tradoc, Division Training Schools, ...

Ang Malaya Net

Ang Malaya Net
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:18:45 -0700

“The weapon systems have not arrived in Camp O'Donnell for fitting,” Tan added. The six APCs were transported to Tarlac last July 8. They arrived in the Philippines last June 18. The Philippines signed an order for 28 M-113 APCs worth PhP882 million ...

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 19:35:03 -0700

Then, the troops who survived were put on rail cars and shipped to Camp O'Donnell. During his time at the camp, he spent four months digging graves for those who did not survive the journey. Rogers was moved to Cabanatuan in the Philippines, where he ...

Journal & Topics Newspapers Online

Journal & Topics Newspapers Online
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:48:45 -0700

Williard was part of the thousands of Americans and Filipinos who were sent on the Bataan death march to Camp O'Donnell. He died at a second POW camp of dysentery and malaria in August 1942 but his family was not notified of his death for 11 months.

Roanoke Times

Roanoke Times
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:35:12 -0700

Once they reached San Fernando railway station, the troops left were put on rail cars and shipped to Camp O'Donnell. Rogers recalled it was easily 120 degrees inside the box cars. During his time at the camp, he spent four months digging graves for ...
 
ABS CBN News (blog)
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:20:32 -0700

A Camp O'Donnell/Capas concentration camp bunkmate of Marcos, a fellow Ilocano, also a Death March veteran. Dr. Juanito Duque stated in a written testimonial that Lieutenant Marcos did not bear any shrapnel wound, not even a scar. How then could a ...

Vail Daily News

Vail Daily News
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:26:15 -0700

The soldiers in Camp O'Donnell suffered more than most, many of them survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March, which was the attempt by the Japanese to quickly relocate thousands of Allied prisoners from a recently-captured Filipino city.
 
Law360 (subscription)
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:44:10 -0800

O'Donnell, of counsel at Greenberg Glusker, was still living in a hotel and hadn't unpacked his law books when Shelly Sterling walked into his office, seeking to protect her ownership stake in the team after her husband's racist tirade got the National ...
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