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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 Marshal 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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Alamogordo Daily News

Alamogordo Daily News
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:33:45 -0800

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE – The 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March is gearing up to step into another record-breaking year March 20 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The event is an active history lesson and a true test of ...

United States Army (press release)

United States Army (press release)
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:18:45 -0800

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (Feb. 5, 2016) -- The 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March is gearing up to step into another record-breaking year at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 20. The event is an active history lesson and a ...

Northwest Guardian

Northwest Guardian
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:00:00 -0800

The prisoners were forced to march more than 60 miles north to Nueva Ecija to Camp O'Donnell, a prison camp, in the scorching heat and humidity through the Philippine jungles. One of those brave men who survived the march is retired Col. Ben Skardon, a ...

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:50:08 -0800

Ahn, 40, recently walked the route of the deadly World War II journey known as the Bataan Death March, in which the Imperial Japanese Army shifted 60,000 to 80,000 American and Philippine prisoners from Mariveles, Bataan, to Camp O'Donnell in Capas, ...

Philippine Star

Philippine Star
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:40:55 -0800

CAMP O'DONNELL, Tarlac, Philippines — The Army is deploying most of the 114 newly refurbished units of M113A2 armored fighting vehicles in Mindanao even as senior defense officials are confident that security in the region will remain stable despite ...
 
Inquirer.net
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:50:44 -0800

The 114 M113 A2 APCs were formally turned over to the Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) of the Philippine Army in Camp O'Donnell, Capas in Tarlac Thursday. MID commander Maj. Gen. Edgar Gonzales cited mobility, survivability and lethality as the ...

DVIDS (press release)

DVIDS (press release)
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:45:00 -0800

Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, U.S. Army Pacific, talks with a Philippine mechanized infantry division officer inside an M113 armored vehicle during a visit to Camp O'Donnell Jan. 20, 2016. BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – An invitation to address the ...

Shephard Media

Shephard Media
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:48:29 -0800

... personnel carriers (APC) on 4 February. The vehicles are being supplied under the US Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme. The army's Mechanised Infantry Division (MID) held a ceremony at Camp O'Donnell, the division's headquarters well north .
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