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After the Bataan Death March in April of 1942 in the Philippines, the American and Filipino prisoners at Camp O’Donnell died in large numbers in a short period of time. In June 1942 a Japanese officer gave to the American Supply Officer a sack of cement and told them to make a memorial for those who had died. The prisoners turned the cement into a cross to memorialize the 1500 comrades who had been lost. The cross now stands in the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville.
[Much of the information is from “Andersonville Monuments” Compiled by Bill Burnett, 2000. Available in the gift shop at the Andersonville National Historic Site Visitors Center.]

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