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 (bə-tăn′, -tän′)
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.


(bəˈtæn; -ˈtɑːn)
(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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Noun1.Bataan - the peninsula and island in the Philippines where Japanese forces besieged American forces in World War IIBataan - 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
Second World War, World War 2, World War II - a war between the Allies (Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia) and the Axis (Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Rumania, Slovakia, Thailand) from 1939 to 1945
Philippine Islands, Philippines - an archipelago in the southwestern Pacific including some 7000 islands
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American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor to hold Press Conference
In a speech during the Day of Valour that marked the 70th year of the Second World War, on Mount Samat, Bataan (central Luzon), Aquino said, "As we remember the Day of Valour, we recall the lessons of the past and avoid repeating old mistakes in order to move on to where we should go.
In 1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began during World War II.
Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; Defense Distribution Depot, Norfolk, Virginia; USS Bataan (LHD 5); Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.
What followed next is known as the Bataan Death March, when Japanese soldiers forced the American and Filipino prisoners of war to march 80 miles through the blazing heat of the Philippine jungles with little to eat or drink.
Within hours, Japanese soldiers arrived to round up both Filipino and American soldiers for what became known as the Bataan Death March.
But as I think about what happened in Fukushima, I still prefer that Filipinos don't use it," Yuki Nakagawa, 17, said after the tour inside the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, which the Philippine government began constructing in 1976 but decided not to use when it was already ready in the mid-1980s.
forces gradually retreating to the tiny island of Corregidor at the southern tip of Bataan.
World War II's Fall of Bataan in the Philippines, the largest surrender in American and Filipino military history, followed by one of war's worst atrocities: the Bataan Death March.
Police reported four drowning deaths in Bulacan and one missing in Bataan provinces, which like Manila were hit by floods.
Cut off from any land supply, blockaded by sea, and with no conventional military airlift assets available, brave Airmen under extremely austere and grueling conditions, displayed the hardiness of spirit to procure, maintain, and fly an eclectic group of military and civilian aircraft dubbed the Bamboo Fleet to ferry supplies and personnel to and from Bataan and Corregidor.