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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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San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

San Antonio Express-News (subscription)
Sun, 24 May 2015 18:36:52 -0700

Roughly 54,000 Americans and Filipinos made it to their destination, Camp O'Donnell, after marching from the southern end of the Bataan peninsula to San Fernando, where they were herded into rail cars before walking the last 8 miles. Many died along ...

Victoria Advocate

Victoria Advocate
Sat, 23 May 2015 15:11:59 -0700

The Japanese forced the American and Filipino P.OW.s to march to an internment camp at Camp O'Donnell. The road was marked by death, starvation, dehydration, hunger and torture. This became known as the Bataan Death March by those soldiers who ...

Collection Today

Collection Today
Fri, 22 May 2015 02:04:54 -0700

In Camp O'Donnell, perhaps some 26,000 Filipino soldiers and some 1,500 Americans died of starvation and disease. In all, of the some 22,000 Americans (soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines) captured by Japanese forces on the Bataan Peninsula, only about ...

The Daily Advertiser

The Daily Advertiser
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:07:30 -0700

They were savagely beaten, denied food and water, and marched five days to the first prison camp, Camp O'Donnell. Within the first 40 days, more than 1,600 Filipino and American soldiers died of dysentery and starvation. By the end of the 60-mile march ...

Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net
Tue, 12 May 2015 09:15:33 -0700

6, 1948, which was issued by the Office of the Provost Marshal of Camp O'Donnell. It said Nogoy was “authorized to work on a piece of land on said village [Aranguren] in the reservation.” The access passes, which allowed farmers to tend to their fields ...

The Eagle

The Eagle
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:15:07 -0700

Historian John Adams, who will speak at today's ceremony, said four or five Aggies out of 62 were among more than 70,000 American and Filipino prisoners who marched 55 miles at gunpoint. By the time they arrived at Camp O'Donnell, 14,000 had perished.
 
Law360 (subscription)
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:44:10 -0800

MVP Less than a month after joining Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in April, Pierce O'Donnell found himself at the center of the media world's biggest legal battle, eventually winning court approval for the Los Angeles Clippers ...

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.
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