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Filipino fighters were repeatedly in situations where the chances of winning were small, but they did not give up. Narciso Ortilano was one such soldier, who showed great courage and single-handedly killed 11 Japanese soldiers during the Battle of Bataan.
Early in the morning of January 12,after the start of the Battle of Bataan, sounds of artillery shelling and machine-gun fire began to be heard in one of the sectors in which Ortilano was located.
Filipinos Pledge Allegiance to the U. Having steeled himself for the worst Filipino soldiers, he took a sip of water and prepared his Browning Machine Gun M This machine gun was impressive for its time, with features including rounds per minute, a target range of about 1, meters, and water-cooling.
By this time, Ortilano was already tired through lack of sleep and the systematic attacks of the Japanese. The situation was aggravated by the exhaustingly warm Philippine arid season.
In addition, the Filipino scouts did not close their eyes at night, but instead peered into the darkness, watching for any signs of movement. It is worth noting that the full-scale offensive known as the Battle of Bataan had Filipino soldiers a few days earlier on January 7, About 75, Japanese soldiers with the support of the Navy, artillery, tanks, and planes had stormed the beaches and crashed into the defenses set by the Filipino and American defenders.
Despite persistent opposition, the Japanese troops managed to break through the external defense. When overcoming obstacles such as barbed wire, the Japanese did not spare their own soldiers. In one nighttime attack, they ordered the first wave of soldiers to throw themselves on the barbed wire and fortifications and hold it with their bodies.
After that, the remaining soldiers were able to climb over them and into the trenches of the allies.
Japanese tank column advancing in Bataan. For several days, the 57th Infantry Regiment faced almost non-stop battles, and this exhausted the soldiers. At one particular remote machine gun position were two soldiers: Ortilano and his gunner.
They sent a machine gun to the second line of defense and got ready to defend themselves. When the shooting began between the Filipino defenders and the Japanese, the entire sector was illuminated the light of the exploding shells.
Japanese flamethrower in action against a bunker. Ortilano began firing his machine gun while allegedly shouting various kinds of curses. He managed to kill four people before his machine gun jammed.
Undeterred, Ortilano took out his caliber pistol and began to shoot.
He fired seven shots and killed five more enemies. However, two angry Japanese soldiers with bayonets were rapidly approaching from different directions. American and Filipino troops surrendering at Bataan, Luzon, Philippines, 9 April Reaching the trench, the soldiers tried to slaughter Ortilano, but he continued to resist them.
One Japanese soldier struck at Ortilano who dodged and grabbed for the weapon. A few moments later, Ortilano was stabbed in the back. Overcoming severe pain, he managed to kill his attacker with a bayonet.
Without pausing, Ortilano then deployed his rifle and killed the final Japanese soldier. After that, with an unswerving dedication to duty, he returned to his post in order to bring his machine gun back to combat readiness.
He had to suffer through a mile Bataan death march, during which time the prisoners were forced to go for several days without food and water. After that, Ortilano spent twelve months of captivity in the famous Japanese prison camp, where he almost died. However, he survived and was able to collect a prestigious award in person.
For his bravery in battle, Ortilano became the first Filipino to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.The war was brutal on both sides. U.S. forces at times burned villages, implemented civilian reconcentration policies, and employed torture on suspected guerrillas, while Filipino fighters also tortured captured soldiers and terrorized civilians who cooperated with American forces.
Bataan Death March Memorial featuring Filipino and American soldiers, Las Cruces, New Mexico Footprints of survivors of the Bataan Death March leading up to statue, "Heroes of Bataan", Veteran's Park, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
By Francis Wakefield Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana Thursday said that Filipino and Russian soldiers will soon conduct military trainings as part of the country’s improved military relations with Russia. The film exposes some more of America's racist heritage from the Congressional bill (which FDR is shown signing) which stripped Filipino-Americans of the right to become U.S.
citizens as part of offering the islands a sham "independence" to the assumption made in the Filipinos' training that they were too small to fall from the sky.
Rummel estimates that at least 16,~20, Filipino soldiers and 34, civilians were killed, with up to an additional , civilian deaths, mostly from a cholera epidemic. Rudolph Rummel claims that , Filipinos were killed by the U.S in democide.
The United States. Meanwhile, close to 20, Filipino soldiers had been killed, along with nearly a quarter of a million Filipino civilians, with famine and disease contributing to the death toll.
See the horrors of the Philippine-American War in the gallery above.