On Dec. 8, 1941, the Japanese attacked the Philippines. One of the GIs stationed there was my beloved late uncle C.L. "Bill" Robinson. He fought until April 10, 1942, when they were ordered to surrender.
Thus began the infamous Bataan Death March. About 78,000 Filipino and Americans, sick, wounded and starving, were forced to march without food or water. Between 7,000 to 10,000 died on the 55-mile march. The Japanese would randomly drive by and behead our GIs. My uncle survived the march and was sent on a death ship to Japan.
He spent 38 months being tortured, beaten, starved and made to work as a slave coal miner for the Japanese. Amazingly, he survived. He spent the rest of his 88 years physically and mentally damaged.
He is my hero, and I told him so! I hope he will be your hero also.
God bless you, Uncle Bill. We must never forget!
- Tom Pancheri, Schererville