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A peninsula of western Luzon, Philippines, between Manila Bay and the South China Sea. After an extended siege, US and Philippine World War II troops on Bataan surrendered to the Japanese in April 1942. US forces recaptured it in February 1945.
(Placename) a peninsula in the Philippines, in W Luzon: scene of the surrender of US and Philippine forces to the Japanese during World War II, later retaken by American forces
or Ba•taán(bəˈtæn, -ˈtɑn; locally ˌbɑ tɑˈɑn)
a peninsula on W Luzon, in the Philippines: U.S. troops surrendered to Japanese April 9, 1942.
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|Noun||1.||Bataan - the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War II; United States forces surrendered in 1942 and recaptured the area in 1945|
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