• After World War II began in 1942, the Japanese attacked and eventually captured the Philippine islands.
• The American Navy was unable to evacuate most soldiers and they became prisoners of war.
• Thousands of prisoners became imprisoned at Cabanatuan Camp without medicine, adequate food or other supplies.
• In 1945 when American forces recaptured Luzon, they feared the prisoners of war at Cabanatuan would get slaughtered so they formulated a rescue mission.
• On December 14, 1944, at Puerto Princesa Prison Camp, 150 American prisoners were repairing a runway as they had done every morning for the last thirty months.
• In the afternoon, the prisoners took shelter in air raid tunnels.
• Japanese soldiers poured Aviation fuel into the tunnels and ignited, killing many of the men.
• Any survivors got shot, bayoneted or tortured.
• A couple dozen men fled from the scene, but made an effort to hunt the men down and execute them.
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