How I Produced a Documentary About The Bataan Death March
The Bataan Death March followed the largest surrender of American Troops in U.S. History. The April 9th, 1941 surrender, compounded with the surrender of Corregidor on May 8, 1942, consisted of over 35,00 U.S. soldiers, Marines and sailors.
Men who would suffer, be tortured, made to march, and die of sheer neglect.
I first learned of the reunion group called American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (ABDC) in about 1999, reading in the local newspaper that they were meeting in my town of Ventura, CA. I considered going down there, but, not being a veteran myself, decided it would be improper. However, I have always been fascinated by WWII and have honored veterans, as my Great Uncle Al was killed in WWII.
Years later (2004), I became interested in writing and directing films, so my wife(Sylvie Lariviere-Traub) and I formed