US 127 Bypass to be Memorial Highway for Bataan Corregidor
LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 27, 2013) — By action of the Kentucky General Assembly, a section of US 127 in Mercer County will be designated the “Bataan Corregidor Memorial Highway.” The designated portion of roadway is the US 127 Bypass through Mercer County.
The Harrodsburg Tankers, known as the 38th Tank Company, were a Kentucky Army National Guard unit stationed in Harrodsburg who were called to active duty before
World War II. When they entered federal active duty, they were named Company D, 192nd Light Tank Battalion.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 20, 1941, they landed in the Philippines. On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and hours later began an attack on the Philippines. The Harrodsburg Tankers, along with allied forces, fought the Japanese bravely without additional soldiers or resupply until ordered to surrender in April 1942.
The soldiers who could not escape to Corregidor were in the infamous “Bataan Death March”. They were all eventually taken prisoner of war. Only 37 of the original 66 Kentucky Guard Members from Harrodsburg survived Japanese captivity.
WHO: Citizens, Veterans, State and local officials
WHAT: Sign unveiling
WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2013, 1:30 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Anderson – Dean Community Park
1501 Louisville Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330