Last weekend I was in Balanga City, Bataan with my wife. While waiting for the latter, I decided to go to Mt. Samat, a World War II shrine on a peak of the mountain. One of the highlights of the place is the hall with the different insignias of the army units that defended Bataan. I never thought that the 51st Division, which was lead by Brig. Gen. Albert M. Jones, was one of them.
Early on, I learned about it in the web while researching for the army units that fought during the war. It was tasked to defend Bicol peninsula from possible Japanese attack. Apparently, it was one of the divisions that was tasked to proceed to Bataan afterwards as part of War Plan Orange.
Though I wasn’t born during the war, while going around the shrine and looking at the various unit insignias, I felt the sacrifices of our countrymen (and American brothers) during the war.
Dios mabalos sa mga beterano san giyera!
- Provincial Tourism Center for Sorsogon?? (sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)
- Listening to veterans (greyhartpress.com)
- Bataan Death March film gets the experimental treatment from Filipino director (japandailypress.com)