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National History Day 2008


National History Day is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6 to 12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students — public, private, parochial, and home-schooled; urban, suburban and rural; of varying abilities, and with special needs — produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on an annual theme. In 2008, the theme was “Conflict and Compromise in History”.


For more information, visit the National History Day web site.

“This young man did a great job of searching historical records, battles, etc. My compliments to his efforts.”


— Ernest Montoya, Mukden POW #886

Thirteen year old middle school student, Aaron Nava, produced “Surrender of Bataan” for the 2008 National History Day Contest held June 15-19 at the University of Maryland. With his and his parent’s permission, the Foundation is pleased to share Aaron's film here on our web site.


“Surrender of Bataan” features an interview with former prisoner of war, Ernest Montoya, 515th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft), liberated from Hoten Camp in Mukden, Manchuria; and quotes from US Army Air Corps men, Harry Rosenberry, Jr. and New Mexico native, Brown Francis Davidson — both men were prisoners on Formosa.