O'Donnell Memorial Monument
Photograph by © James Litton.
picture above is of the Camp O'Donnell Memorial Monument. The
memorial was built by the organization known as "The Battling
Bastards of Bataan" to honor those American men who died at Camp
O'Donnell, while prisoners of the Japanese. The Cement Cross is a
replica of the original cement cross built by the POWs.
monument is located in the Capas National Shrine, in Capas, Tarlac,
Philippines, adjacent to the memorial for the Philippine Army
dead. Camp O'Donnell was the first prison camp for the men who
survived the "Death March".
"Cross" was built as a memorial to the thousands who died in
that camp. It is as much a part of Bataan as the participants in
that battle. The inscription on the base of the "Cross"
reads "Omnia Pro Patria": All For Country. On the wall
behind the "Cross" are inscribed the names of the men who died
at Camp O'Donnell.
The original "Cement Cross" is now on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum, at the Andersonville National Historic Site, Andersonville, GA. It was brought to this country by Bataan survivors.
U.S. Military Gallery Subject Gallery
Camp O'Donnell Memorial Monument - photograph by © James Litton. Used by permission of The Battling Bastards of Bataan Organization; photo may not be reproduced without permission of this organization.
Camp O'Donnell Memorial Monument descriptive text courtesy of ©The Battling Bastards of Bataan Organization. Used by permission and may not be reproduced without written permission of this organization.
Thanks goes to The Battling Bastards of Bataan Organization for allowing me to post the Camp O'Donnell Memorial Monument text with photo on this web site. This Monument was built with funds solely from The Battling Bastards of Bataan Organization.
Bastards of Bataan Organization