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Bling, Valvano, Geno, Softshell, Headgear, OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:


Sticking with our military history theme, YHC looked up some data for today’s date.  Found something.  Here it is:

April 3, 1942 – a Good Friday – The Date When Japan Launched The Final Attack Against Bataan Peninsula

The Japanese infantry stage a major offensive against Allied troops in Bataan, the peninsula guarding Manila Bay of the Philippine Islands.  The invasion of the Japanese 14th Army, which began in December 1941 and was led by General Masaharu Homma, had already forced General Douglas MacArthur’s troops from Manila, the Philippine capital, into Bataan, in part because of poor strategizing on MacArthur’s part.  By March, after MacArthur had left for Australia on President Roosevelt’s orders and been replaced by Major General Edward P. King Jr., the American Luzon Force and its Filipino allies were half-starved and suffering from malnutrition, malaria, beriberi, dysentery, and hookworm.  Basically, for three months, the combined U.S.-Filipino army held out despite a lack of naval and air support.

1.4 miles

Homma, helped by reinforcements and an increase in artillery and aircraft activity, took advantage of the U.S. and Filipinos’ weakened condition. The Japanese attack signaled the beginning of the end, and would result, six days later, in the surrender of the largest number of U.S. troops in U.S. military history on April 9, 1942.

6 days
6 exercises
21 reps each (2 x 21=42)
Shoulder Press
Skull crushers
High Pull
Up and Overs

With his forces crippled by starvation and disease, U.S. General Edward King Jr. (1884-1958), surrendered his approximately 75,000 troops at Bataan.  Then, the 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps.  The men were divided into groups of approximately 100, and it typically took each group around five days to complete.  The marchers made the trek in intense heat and were subjected to harsh treatment by Japanese guards. Thousands perished in what became known as the Bataan Death March.

We did not have time for a 65 mile march.  Initially, I had planned to do another 1.4 miles in silence.  However, based on our amazing #F3MentalBattle Q last week by Valvano, YHC wanted to continue this.  So we used this mileage as another opportunity.  Thank you to Bling and Geno for sharing some great information!

The surrender marked two milestones:

Milestone Number 1: It marked the surrender of the largest number of US soldiers in the history of the US Military.

Milestone Number 2: It led to one of the most atrocious events in the world’s history of war — the Bataan Death March

4/3/1942 – We would SMOKE the legs
43 squats
19 merkins
42 lunges (21 each leg)

The exact figures are unknown, but it is believed that thousands of troops died because of the brutality of their captors, who starved and beat the marchers, and bayoneted those too weak to walk. Survivors were taken by rail from San Fernando to prisoner-of-war camps, where thousands more died from disease, mistreatment and starvation.

America avenged its defeat in the Philippines with the invasion of the island of Leyte in October 1944. General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), who in 1942 had famously promised to return to the Philippines, made good on his word. In February 1945, U.S.-Filipino forces recaptured the Bataan Peninsula, and Manila was liberated in early March.

After the war, an American military tribunal tried Lieutenant General Homma Masaharu, commander of the Japanese invasion forces in the Philippines. He was held responsible for the death march, a war crime, and was executed by firing squad on April 3, 1946.

4 years later to the day

4 exercises – 4/3/1946
Flutters – 43 IC
BBSUs – 19 OYO
Boxcutters – 23 IC
Windshield wipers – 23 IC

We had a bit more time, so we went to the picnic tables:

46 step ups (23 each leg)
65 second wall sit

“Once the march started, everything just sort of froze in my mind. I was pretty numb the whole time. I didn’t think and I didn’t feel. I was like a robot and just kept moving. Other than daylight or dark, I lost all track of time. I had to blank everything out and focus straight ahead. I lived from day to day, in fact, hour by hour. The only thing I thought about was the moment and, ‘The good Lord willing, I’ll get through the day.’
– Staff Sgt. Alf Larson, Bataan Death March Survivor

The Bataan Death March Memorial Monument, erected in April, 2001, is the only monument funded by the U.S. federal government dedicated to the victims of the Bataan Death March during World War II.  The memorial was designed and sculpted by Las Cruces artist Kelley Hester and is located in Veterans Park along Roadrunner Parkway in New Mexico.


Count-O-Rama – 6
Prayer requests for Stewy and family
Prayer requests for Jill and family
Prayer requests for Valvano’s Brother
Prayer requests for marriages and families and children and parenting
Prayer requests unspoken

– Another opportunity to honor our military.  Combining this with some #F3MentalBattle talk and it was a strong morning.  Thank you for the opportunity men!!

– Lunch today at 12
– Private brewery event today at 3pm!
– Dragon Boat – still need a few paddlers
– Fill April Q sheet everywhere



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