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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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Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:11:15 -0700

SAN FRANCISCO – A four-month exhibition that includes a conference in this city's Main Library will recall the story of World War II in the Philippines and the country's occupation by the Imperial Japanese Army on December 8, 1941, just hours after the ...
 
Inquirer.net
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:22:30 -0700

He became a prisoner of war together with his brother, Jose, a military doctor at Capas' Camp O'Donnell. After the war, he was promoted to the rank of captain and was honorably discharged in 1946 after having served the 9th Battalion Constabulary Corps.

Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:33:45 -0700

He was a prisoner of war with his brother Jose, a military doctor at Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. After the war, he was promoted to captain and was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving the 9th Battalion Constabulary Corps. RELATED STORY.

Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:04:18 -0700

No fewer than 76,000 and American Filipino troops were forced into what is now known as the “Bataan Death March,” and only 54,000 made it to Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. About 10,000 died on the march and the rest escaped. There were more ...

Ang Malaya Net

Ang Malaya Net
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 03:41:15 -0700

Six of the 28 upgraded M-113 armored personnel carriers are now at the Mechanized Infantry Division (MID), Camp O'Donnell, Capas, Tarlac, the Philippine Army (PA) said on Thursday. These vehicles arrived there Wednesday after leaving its ...
 
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 ...

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.

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 ...
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