Bataan Death March

(Batan Death March, American Prisoners 1942)

Julie, aka Cookie,  has posted a blog today of the Bataan Death March.  She rues the fact that so many do not know the price that was paid by heroes of the past.

Do younger generations have any idea how important it is to know and appreciate what history can teach us?  There are some of these heroes still living.  How can knowing their stories stir thankfulness in us?

Bloggers, you/we like to write.  Can we ferret out some of the veterans from WW2 and write some stories based on their lives while they can still tell it?

I have just read John Grisham’s “The Reckoning” released Oct ’18.  It is a fiction novel that will teach much about those who were in the Bataan Death March.  It is marketed as a “thriller,” but it is also a “chiller.”  In this case, truth is “horror” fiction.  Some like to write, read, and watch horror books and movies.   This is a book for you – perhaps it would be wise to pass one on to your grandkids – let them get a glimpse of how our America stayed free so they can act like pampered, spoiled brats yelling “We want free (whatever you wish to insert).”

Counting on history to be taught in schools will not get the job done!  History is quickly rewritten as time passes.  Imagine denying the holocaust.  Has anyone denied Pearl Harbor yet?  I guess not, but have you heard the recent “advance knowledge” theory, placing blame on US for not doing something earlier.

Thanks for giving attention to this matter, Julie.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. thank you Oneta…
    No, we no longer teach history for what it was—but rather we teach it as something we now feel we must constantly be apologizing for or paying restitution over…What we fail to understand is that nothing can ever change what was—–we can lie about it or we can cover it up for just so long but we can never truly erase it…it always has a way of coming back to us in some form or another.
    If we are honest about it and ourselves, knowing that what was, was… we may then move forward. Otherwise, we spend our lives tripping over our own feet while attempting to reshuffle a spent deck.

  2. floridaborne says:

    If you look under “memorabilia” on my blog, I’ve written out my mother’s diary word for word, along with pictures from a great escape by Nazi soldiers in the 1940’s. She took pictures of the tunnel they dug. Schools need to teach history and the factions of society that are trying to rewrite history — while attempting to tear down statues they don’t like — need to stop trying to “reimagine” it.

  3. grAnnie Roo says:

    I thank God for you, Oneta, Julie and this post. It’s long, not happy but it should be trending for weeks. My father’s words keep coming back to me, “How soon we forget.”

  4. pranabaxom says:

    Great post.
    Thanks for the reference to John Grisham’s novel.
    History is always written by the victors’ and the vanquished’s stories and agonies get lost in the annals of history. If Hitler would have prevailed there would have been no reference to holocaust ever. Those who laid down their lives so that we can live freely deserve to be remembered.
    Revision of truth is a shame but we do need to keep in mind that all history is not gospel truth.

    • oneta hayes says:

      What is being written now is not for sure! “Well it was Russian Collusion set up by Donald Trump that cost Hilliary the presidency, no matter what Mueller says!” “Putin did it.”
      And Shiff just digs in his heels. He will keep looking. And the elite university professors will keep teaching just that! I hope you will enjoy or benefit by reading The Reckoning. It was hard for me. Let me know what you think. 😀

  5. Faye says:

    Honesty about history and facing up to it and appropriately ‘dealing with it’ is the only way forward. Also we have to have Godly wisdom before we take as TRUTH’ what we are fed from the Media. Media is NOT as it was when I worked for a paper. Innuendo and lies sells more papers than God’s TRUTH. Deception is rife. Where does deception come from? We need to read the Word. Find from the Word how its truths comforted, held up and sustained millions whereas today the Word is not accepted as God Inspired in many places. yet even the ones without God still make judgments based often on media lies. How can the ‘ungodly’ make decisions effecting the lives of the next generation. I want my heart to be pure before my Lord. Blessings to you.

  6. History must be retold and taught as it is…whether it’s something we like or not..! Of course, not every aspect of the history maybe something to be proud of but that doesn’t mean it should be covered up or modified!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, that’s history. We can try to improve the present on the basis of history, but denial will not make anything right. I’m trying to get to bed. But I’m still here, aren’t I? 😀

  7. Roy Lando says:

    In the near future, I will retrace the Death March path. It is one of the most gruesome parts of our history but it is also one of the most heroic.

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