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World War II Veteran: Malcolm Amos

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Time Frame: ca. 1940's

Army Corpsman Malcolm Amos of Afton was among those captured in the Philippines on April 9, 1942. He became one of the more than 75 thousand allied forces, including and estimated 12,000 Americans, who were forced to walk the 60 miles from the tip of Luzon Island to the American military base Camp O'Donnel.
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Army Corpsman Malcolm Amos of Afton was among those captured on April 9th. He became one of the more than 75 thousand Allied Forces, including and estimated 12,000 Americans, who were forced to walk the 60 miles from the tip of Luzon Island to the American military base Camp O’Donnell. For six days the men marched north with no food or water on what became known as the Bataan Death March. Anyone who was injured, fell behind or attempted to escape was killed. An estimated 10,000 men died; 5 thousand of them were Americans.

(Malcolm Amos) When we got into Camp O’Donnell, that rice was moldy, full of bugs and maggots, and all that kind of stuff. They cooked all that stuff up, and it was kinda like a porridge. And the guys looked at that—some of them looked at that—and said, “I’m not eating that kind of crap,” and they just took and dumped her. And those people are still over in the Philippines because they just starved to death because that’s the only thing there was to eat.

 


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