A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES
April 3 – 13, 2013
New for 2013, we explore the tropical island nation of the Philippines and learn of the valiant American stand against the Japanese onslaught in the dark days of 1942. The scene of our military's greatest defeat two years later becomes the site of redemption with the triumphant return of MacArthur and his men.
Jeremy Collins, a graduate of the University of Missouri — Columbia, joined the Museum in 2001. He has led several of the Museum’s Victory in Europe tours over the years. He brings a wealth of hands-on tour experience and knowledge of WWII. After starting with the Museum in the Curatorial Department, he now holds the position of Conference Programs Manager. He is responsible for managing the Museum's International Conference on WWII, the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series and the Shultz Annual Forum on World Affairs.
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Days 1 & 2 / April 3 & 4
USA to Philippines
Travel from San Francisco to Manila.
Day 3 / April 5
Walled city of Intramuros and Fort Santiago, site of the infamous Manila Massacre.
Days 4 & 5 / April 6 & 7
Wainwright Park, 92nd Garage, Monkey Point, Battery Grubbs and illumination of The Eternal Flame, Fort Drum, Fort Hughes, flashlight tour of Malinta Tunnel.
Day 6 / April 8
Follow the actual Death March route, with visits to Angels of Bataan marker at Limay and Blanga Elementary School, site of surrender negotiations.
Day 7 / April 9
Mt. Smat/Subic Bay
Visit to Altar of Valor for Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan.
Day 8 / April 10
See the Hellships Memorial, commemorating American and British prisoners who perished on Japanese transport ships.
Day 9 / April 11
National Shrine/Clark Field/Fort Stotsenberg
San Fernando Railway Station and Railway Museum, National Shrine and Memorial Monument, Clark Field and museum, Fort Stotsenberg's parade ground and cemetery.
Day 10 / April 12
Visit the camp where survivors of the Bataan Death March were imprisoned, see American POW Memorial, enjoy farewell dinner.
Day 11 / April 13
Manila/Return to US
Tour of Fort McKinley and private wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery before return home.
Optional Leyte Extension
3 Days/2 Nights
This extension ventures south to Leyte, where we visit the battle sites where MacArthur and US Forces made their return to the Philippines.
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