CABANATUAN AMERICAN MEMORIAL

CABANATUAN AMERICAN MEMORIAL

CABANATUAN AMERICAN MEMORIAL
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Larryontheroad
Chicago, IL59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
This is a memorial to the thousands of Americans that died at the hands of the Japanese in the Philippines during WWII. It is the site of a POW camp. The names of those that died are etched on the walls of the memorial. It is well kept thanks to the American War Memorals fund. The atrocities committed to the Americans and Filapinos should never be forgotten.
Written February 13, 2019
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Nenad P
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
If you like history and WWII than this is the treasure, if you are not history fan than you should skip this place. Unfortunately the museum was under construction so it was closed.
Written October 3, 2018
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CHARLES A
Kaiserslautern, Germany240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
There are two memorials adjacent to one another. The new one was commissioned in 2016 by the American Battle Monuments Commission and is entirely fenced in. It opens daily at 08:30. It is much simpler than the original one next door but the original one is very dilapidated and vandalized. the new one looks like it is maintained to the ABMC standards and the grounds keeper was very professional when I spoke with him. There is no admission fee and there is a public restroom on site when the gate are open to visitors. This is the site of the U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion raid to liberate the American POWs held there in 1945. A movie called "The Great Raid" was made about this place. I strongly suggest reading the book or at least seeing the movie prior to coming here as there is not much explaining the raid on the new complex. The old complex does a much better job of explaining the raid. The new Memorial takes about 30 minutes maximum to visit. The original one takes longer as there is more to read but the area is covered in broken glass, human excrement and debris.
Written April 25, 2018
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Choo_Choo L
Peterborough, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Decided to visit the Cabanatuan American Memorial as it's not far from my other half's house in Bangad.

There was two separate areas with two gates. The area beyond the first gate I entered had a building with a memorial on it's roof. There was several plaques with pictures outlining the timeline of events that unfolded during rescue mission. This was more dedicated to the Filipinos who assisted in the operation. They bravely held off Japanese reaction forces from reaching the camp.

Afterwards I walked up the hill to the main American Memorial. It's when I reached the wall with all the names of the service men who perished there that it hit me. It's difficult not to be emotional when you see it.

Would've been nice to see American and Filipino flags hoisted up on the flagpoles.

God bless the American and Filipino men, women, and children who perished at the hands of the savage Imperial Japanese forces during WW2.
Written April 23, 2018
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Kevin B
Houghton, MI1,120 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
This was a must visit to see the history of the 6th Ranger Battalion and site of the former Japanese POW camp that held Allied, mainly US and Filipino, service members during WWII. Liberated by the 6th Ranger Battalion, Alamo Scouts and Filipino partisans and chronicled in the book "Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission."

Sadly, it is currently is a state of disrepair and vandalism. As others have stated the museum had the windows shattered and displays missing, and the American sundial is completely missing while there is graffiti on the Filipino sundial. Very sad state of affairs.
Written December 22, 2017
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Simonjdow
Australia80 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
Had to jump the fence to check out the memorial to the famous Cabanatuan Raid memorial. It is still worth seeing just to be on the spot so to speak, but the site itself needs some local "friends" to raise some funding to get the site up to its obvious former glory.
Evidence of vandalism and theft of plaques is a shame. You can see in the photos the sculpture on the American side of the sundial is completely gone.
Maybe one day it will return to its former state.
Still worth a visit if you are in Cabanatuan city, but I wouldn't bother traveling there from Angeles, for instance, it would be a huge let down.
Written October 31, 2016
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Janelyn M
Makati, Philippines183 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
This is considered as a historic site. But, it was very disappointing to see it in its current state, where there was suppose to be a small museum on the ground floor but its glass windows and doors were shattered or broken. The upper level where the sundial is and some pedestals were vandalized. There was a disgusting smell of animal poop, too.
Written June 2, 2016
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Weng845
Cabanatuan City, Philippines715 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
I really don't know much about this place but I found it interesting to visit because of the history behind it. Even if you are not fond of historical landmarks, you will surely enjoy maybe by having a picnic or just waliking around. Children will likewise have fun as there is a playground for them. Sad to note that some visitors vandalized the memorial markers.
Written February 9, 2016
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Marcelo G
Quezon City, Philippines12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Everyone who loves history especially during the second WW2 will surely remember the Pangatian POW camp in Cabu, Cabanatuan City...the last time we visited the palace was last July 1, 2015 only to find out that the historical site is under major renovation and which is financed by the American Memorial of the USA. We were told by the caretaker that most of the materials and decors to be used in the memorial site will still be coming from the USA ...it must really be of good and better quality materials.It becomes so famous because of the strategy of the Amarican and Filipino guerrillas , who planned and executed the rescuing of the more than 500 American prisoners held captive at the camp, with no casualty ever recorded except for other reasons...for now an interested visitor of the Memorial should verify first from the local tourism office as to when the place is ready for visitation ...thank you.
Written July 26, 2015
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Eric092
San Tan Valley, AZ13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Anyone with even a passing interest in history in general and military history in particular will appreciate this site
Written May 29, 2015
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