The Broadcast from Corregidor on the Surrender of Bataan
Broadcasted: April 9, 1942



"Bataan has fallen.  The Philippine and American troops on this war ravaged and blood stained peninsula have laid down their arms.  With heads bloody and unbowed, they yielded to the superior force and numbers of the enemy. 

The world will long remember the epic struggle that Filipino and American put up in these jungle fortresses and along the rugged coast of Bataan.

They have stood uncomplaining under the constant and grueling of the enemy for more then three months.  Besieged on land and blockaded at sea, cut off from all sources of help from the Philippines and America, these intrepid fighters have done all that human endurance could bear.  For what sustained them through all these months of incessant battle was a force that was more than merely physical.  It was a force of unconquerable faith - something in the heart and soul that physical hardship and adversity could not destroy!  It was the thought of routine land  and all that it holds dear.  The thought of freedom and destiny the pride in these most priceless of all human prerogatives.

The adversary, in the pride of his power and triumphs, will credit our troops with nothing less than the courage and fortitude that his own troops are have shown.  All the world will testify to the almost superhuman endurance which they stood up until the last in the face of overwhelming odds.

But the decision had to come, men fighting under the banner of unshakable faith are made of something more than flesh, but they are not indestructible.  The flesh must yield at last, endurance melts away, and the end of the battle must come.

Bataan has fallen, but the spirit that made it stand - a beacon to all the liberty - loving peoples of the world cannot fail."

                                                                                                                                                           - Written by Salvador P. Lopez

 

 

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