The Bataan Peninsula overlooks Corregidor Island and was the site of a heroic battle between combined American and Filipino Forces and the Japanese. The allied forces made a final stand to stop the Japanese aggression and delay the conquest of the Philippines. After the “Fall Of Bataan,” a series of infamous Death Marches began in Mariveles and ended in Capas, Tarlac. Many American and Filipino soldiers died along the way. The entire historic march can be traced by following markers. At San Fernando, American soldiers were crammed into boxcars and transported to the infamous Camp O’Donnell. On April 7, 2000, former death march survivors and representatives of the Philippine government dedicated the “Battling Bastards Of Bataan” memorial at the Camp O’Donnell site. Paid for by members of the Battling Bastards Of Bataan organization, it honors over 1,600 Americans who perished there from the inhumane treatment they received from their Japanese captors. As a tribute to the gallantry and bravery of the American and Philippine Forces, the Philippine government erected a huge towering 60-foot cross on Mount Samat. The Bataan Peninsula shelters Manila Bay from the South China Sea.