Voices: Frank Hewlett

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor they almost sealed the impending fate of the Philippines. With the bombing, the U.S. lost its Hawaiian fleet, thus eliminating any chance of aid coming to the Philippines to help with a potential Japanese attack. Just ten hours after Pearl Harbor, the Japanese began bombing. With no chance of reinforcement or aid, the combined Filipino and American troops fought off the Japanese for several months. War correspondent, Frank Hewlett, dubbed these warriors, “The Battling Bastards of Bataan,” and immortalized them in the poem by the same name.

The Battling Bastards of Bataan

We are the battling bastards of Bataan,
No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam;
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces;
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces;
And nobody gives a damn.