This spring marks the 70th anniversary of the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. On Dec. 7, 1941, the world was shocked by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and mere hours later the Japanese bombed Manila, Guam, Wake and other sites in the Pacific forcing the United States and her allies to declare war on Japan.
While the Japanese invaded the Philippine Islands a small force of Americans in the Philippines were forced to defend the country with scarce food and medicine, antiquated weapons, and little hope of reinforcement. Most of the American planes available were destroyed at Clark Field on December 8th and the defense forces were concentrated on the Bataan peninsula and on the island of Corregidor in Manila Harbor. Rations had been cut in half in the beginning of January and again in March and there was little quinine left to stave of the malaria that was rampant. Starvation and disease were factors as lethal as the Japanese reinforcements. Against overwhelming odds, the troops on Bataan help out until April 9, 1942 when they were forced to surrender. The men on Bataan were made to walk more than 65 miles in sweltering heat and little or no food, water or reset. Those who faltered were beheaded or bayoneted in what has become known as the Bataan Death March. Under terrific air and artillery bombardment the island of Corregidor held out until May 6, 1942.
Today it is only fitting to remember the sacrifice of these American military men of the Army, Navy, Marines and Army Air Corps. Most of them were subsequently held as POWs for three and a half years under the most brutal conditions. The majority of the men were taken to Japan and uses as slave labor in mines, smelters, and factories. With every day that passes, there are fewer of these American heroes among us. The men who endured these atrocities are now in their late eighties and nineties and it is appropriate to take time to remember and express our gratitude for the sacrifices that they made as young men.
Remember Bataan and Corregidor … April 9, 1942, and May 6, 1942.
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce held its annual Easter Candy Hunt on March 31. More than 350 children came out to find their candy bags.
We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their donations and help with our annual Easter Candy Hunt: 2011-2012 Apple Festival Royalty Court and Families, Amy Lutman — Royalty Coordinator, Batdorff Real Estate, Body Works Fitness Studio, Boy Scout Troop No. 316, Buehler Excavating, Carroll Township, Charlotte and Harry Striker, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, Community Markets/Toft’s Dairy, Cottage Creations, Dave’s Plumbing and Heating, Debi Heiks, Drown’s Dairy, Druckenmiller Agency, Edward Jones — Jeff Chio, Julie’s Jammin Jewels — Mary Kay, Kurt’s BP, Liberty Tax Service, Magruder Hospital, Marco’s Pizza, Mayor Fred Conley, McDonalds, Medi-quip Repairs, National Bank of Ohio, Oak Harbor Golf Club, Oak Harbor Hardware Store, Oak Harbor Police, Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare, Pastor Bill Blue/Shoreline Church, Patricia Peters, Portage Fire District and firefighters, Priesman Printery, Radiant Windows and Remodeling, Rick Spangler, RVI, Scott Billings CPA, Spangler Motors, Sprouse Insurance, St. Bonore Financial, Subway, The Cure, The Village of Oak Harbor, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Tom Knoop, Tri-Motors Sales and Service, Valerie Winterfield, Varga Custom Concrete and Wild Wings Marina and Campground.
Oak Harbor Chamber
To my dear customers,
After almost 28 years as a bartender on Catawba Island, Marblehead and Port Clinton, I have exciting news to share! But first I want to say thank you to all of my loyal customers and friends … it has been an honor to serve each and every one of you. From Mercurio’s and Nate’s to Mel’s Crows Nest and Nagoya, your loyal patronage has meant so much to me.
And so it is with great pride that I hang up my bartender hat to help my Nagoya family working directly for Barb in an administrative role. I hope you will all stop by and see me at Nagoya through April 23 to celebrate my new endeavor. This is not a goodbye, it is a “see you on the other side of the bar.”
Love, Ida Mercurio