The Bataan Legacy Historical Society invited me out to the University of San Francisco to its fourth conference on World War II in the Philippines, Resistance, Retaliation, Reconciliation & Rescission, to share The Faces to Remember Project.
The conference featured a number of excellent panels, including ones about the implementation of the WWII in the Philippines lesson plans for Grade 11 in California, military and civilian resistance, war crimes and reconciliation. I also heard a series of deeply moving personal stories from descendants of war heroes, Medal of Freedom recipients, and survivors.
James Scott, author of Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita & the Battle of Manila shared a horrific account of the battle and the Manila Massacre, which saw over 100,000 Filipino civilians -- men, women, and children -- killed.
It was also great to see the Filipino-American students who attended and volunteered at the conference because this is an important part of their history as Americans, and one that has been largely absent from the history they -- and all of us for that matter -- were taught in school.