Seventy years to the day after the first captives set out on the Bataan Death March, two friends started walking the Old National Road. What they found was a modernized peninsula very different than the battered landscape across which 76,000 Americans and Filipinos had marched in 1942. Quaint fishing villages had sprawled into cities, and the original route disappeared in places beneath the four lanes of the new Bataan Provincial Highway. But over the next four days, they traced some of the most sacred footsteps in modern history, following the 66-mile path that once led to brutal captivity in Camp O’Donnell and beyond.

It began as an experiment, a wild theory that history can remain vivid and radiant in the modern experiences of those who would remember. From the parched sands of New Mexico to the shadow of the Capas National Shrine in the Philippines, experience the journey that records the final thoughts of a generation of survivors while challenging patriots and pilgrims to define the substance of a hero.


Tom Pfingsten

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