Carlos Montoya's tile at Mount Soledad, San Diego, California (Photo by B. Charley Gallegos)


“We had to bow to them, down to a certain level, with our hands straight at our side. They would always find fault — you didn't bow far enough, your fingers were curled. They would always find reasons to beat you.”

— Carlos Ramon Montoya


Carlos Montoya, Headquarters Battery, 200th Coast Artillery

Commander, American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor, Western States Chapter. Clark Field, Bataan Death March, Camp O'Donnell, Tayabas Detail, Bilibid, Cabanatuan, Niigata 5B.


“Carlos: A Tale of Survival” by J. L. Kunkle follows Montoya through the lean times of the Great Depression, to enlistment in the National Guard toward the end of the 1930s, and then mobilization and deployment to the Philippines immediately prior to WWII. Shortly after he arrives in the Philippines and eight hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Navy attacks Manila and Clark Field, and for the next four months, the Philippine and U.S. Armies fight to hold the Bataan peninsula until reinforcements arrive. More...


For story and short video clip, see: US-Japan Dialogue on POWs - POW Stories


Featured in the History Channel's “Bataan Death March


Major Military Events: WWII - The Pacific, Vol. 1: Bataan & Corregidor. Features Carlos Montoya, 200th Coast Artillery; the sons of Duane Heisinger and Paul Pearson, Hell Ship victims; Paula Faulkner, widow of Hell Ship survivor; Dr. Isabelo Torio, Filipino-American Bataan veteran; Dr. Jenny Batongmalaque, daughter of USAFFE POW; and Colonel John Olson (ret.), 57th Infantry. Purchase episode on iTunes.