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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.


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.


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]


  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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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:07:30 -0700

The Bataan Death March was supposed to be, according to Lieutenant General Masaharu at his later war trial, the humane transfer of 60,000 to 80,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war from Saisaih Point and Mariveles to Camp O'Donnell by the ...

Ang Malaya Net

Ang Malaya Net
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:30:00 -0700

... Marines showed out their big guns for the live fire artillery subject matter exchange during this year's Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). The live fire artillery subject matter exchange was conducted at Crow Valley in Camp O'Donnell in Capas ...
Hawaii Reporter
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:26:15 -0700

While the nightmarish horrors of the Bataan Death March and Camp O'Donnell have captured popular notoriety, survivors of Japanese POW camps typically recount their time aboard POW transport ships, the “Hell Ships”, as being the most terrible ...


Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:03:45 -0700

Capas, Tarlac (CNN Philippines) – The Philippine Army showed and tested six of the 28 acquired M113A2 armored personnel carriers (APC) on Monday (September 21) at Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. The six refurbished APCs from Israel are equipped ...
Business Mirror
Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:45:55 -0700

Six M-113A2 APCs, equipped with .50 caliber RCWS, are now undergoing acceptance tests at MID headquarters in Camp O'Donnell, Capas town, Tarlac. Another four APCs, this time fitted with 25mm RCWS, are expected to arrive next year, followed by ...

Ang Malaya Net

Ang Malaya Net
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 02:33:45 -0700

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief General Hernando DCA Iriberri and MID commander Major General Mayoralgo Dela Cruz were present during the said event earlier today at Camp O' Donnell, Capas town, Tarlac.

Ang Malaya Net

Ang Malaya Net
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:30:00 -0700

This was disclosed by MID public affairs office chief Major Filemon Tan at the sidelights of the firepower and maneuver demonstrations of the six APCs fitted with the brand-new .50 caliber remote-control weapon system (RCWS) at Camp O'Donnell in Capas, ...

Ang Malaya Net

Ang Malaya Net
Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:11:15 -0700

... of its six newly-acquired M-113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) in Capas, Tarlac. Col. Benjamin Hao, PA spokesperson, said on Sunday the demonstration will take place at the rifle range of the Mechanized Infantry Division in Camp O'Donnell, Capas.

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