Camp O'Donnell Memorial Monument


Camp O'Donnell Memorial Monument - photo by James Litton

Photograph by © James Litton.

The 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. 

The 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". 

The "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.


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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.

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