March 18, 2007 |
Manuel S. Pablo crouched in foxholes to defend the Philippines against invading Japanese soldiers in World War II. He watched a Japanese guard stab one of his comrades to death with a bayonet during the Bataan Death March. Though Pablo risked his life for the U.S., which controlled the Philippines as a commonwealth at the time, his children can't win approval to live with him in America during his retirement.
December 23, 2006
RE "Know Thy Enemy," by Kenneth Turan, Dec. 20: Clint Eastwood carries "know thy enemy" too far. He must be too young to remember the Bataan Death March, Pearl Harbor and numerous prisoner atrocities by the Japanese. This movie, regardless of its intention, is an insult to our boys at Arlington National Cemetery. HAIG DULGARIAN Los Angeles
April 10, 2004
Your article on the survivors of the Bataan Death March (April 4) was very moving. It brought back memories of my childhood in the Philippines. As a little girl born and raised in Manila before and during World War II, I remember hearing the roar of cannon from Bataan and Corregidor, across Manila Bay, and seeing puffs of smoke drift across the water. We were frightened for the outnumbered American and Filipino soldiers who fought so valiantly, and [we] prayed for reinforcements that didn't arrive for another three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2004 |
Like all his buddies in the Philippines, Eddie Laursen was herded into a prison camp and treated to the sardonic wit of a Japanese officer. "You are now guests," the officer told the exhausted men, "of the emperor of Japan." It was April 1942. After being overwhelmed by Japanese troops, some 76,000 U.S. and Filipino prisoners of war were forced to trudge 65 miles in tropical heat with almost no water. Those who fell or protested were summarily shot or beheaded.
December 20, 2002
Re "Manzanar Restoration a Step Toward Honesty," letters, Dec. 15: Of particular interest to me is the letter from Carolyn Brouwers, who uses the book "Farewell to Manzanar" as a teaching tool. She says that her students are surprised to learn of this bit of history. I suggest that their reading of "Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission" (Bataan Death March), by Hampton Sides, and "Flags of Our Fathers" (Battle of Iwo Jima), by James Bradley with Ron Powers, would also be enlightening and would somewhat balance their education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2002 |
Norman Y. Mineta (whose name now adorns the airport in his old district, San Jose) has been transformed from a Democratic member of Congress to secretary of transportation and the only Dem in George Bush's cabinet. After Sept. 11, that got to be a much bigger job than either Mineta or Bush probably imagined, but his old Capitol Hill colleagues are still sticking up for him. A letter circulated by Atherton Democrat Anna G. Eshoo and signed by 54 other members asks the White House to issue a "public denunciation" of an op-ed in publications called Jewish World Review and Front Page Magazine.