Civilian prisoners who were held in the Philippines during WW II by the Japanese Imperial Army are having a luncheon meeting in Long Beach, California, to hear noted historian and author Jay Wertz describe the role of the Philippine Scouts in the defense of Luzon in 1941-42. The public is invited to join the ex-prisoners, friends and family at this luncheon.
After the Japanese invasion in 1941, the American Army under General MacArthur undertook a withdrawal on the Bataan Peninsula that delayed the Japanese timetable to invade Australia but ended in the horrific Bataan Death March after these forces ran out of food and ammunition. Of the 44,000 American troops involved, over a quarter were Philippine Scouts, tough and well-trained troops who were key to the defensive strategy.
The story of these fighters will be told by Jay Wertz who has written several books on the Pacific war along with books on other campaigns. The presentation will be held as follows:
- DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2019
PLACE: Tantalum Restaurant, Long Beach Marina
6272 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, California
TIME: 12:00 noon
PRICE: $42 per person
Please select an entrée from the menu choices below, which include salad dessert and beverage:
- Vegetarian Pita Taco
- Rib eye sandwich
- Hoisin chicken
- Mahi Mahi
For reservations, send a check made out to BACEPOW by February 23 to:
P.O. Box 7711, 1133 Camelback
Newport Beach, CA 92658