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    Limay Bataan Province | Luzon Philippines
Location
Lat 14° 33' 43N Long 120° 35' 54E  Limay is located at sea level on the eastern side of the Bataan Peninsula in Bataan Province of Luzon in the Philippines. Connected by the coastal road northward to Orion and southward to Cabcaben and beyond Mariveles. Borders Manila Bay to the east.

Wartime History
On April 9, 1942 at dawn two staff officers Col. E.C. Williams and Maj. Marshall H. Hurt, Jr. volunteered to make contact with the Japanese to deliver a letter from U. S. Army Major-General General Edward P. King to initiate surrender negotiations waving a bed sheet as a white flag of surrender. At 3:00am General King spoke to General Wainwright on Corregidor for the last time but did not mention surrendering. At 6:00am Wainwright learned that he planned to surrender from an aid and declared "Go back and tell him not to do it" but the surrender negotiations were already underway and King could not be reached by phone.

Under orders from General King, two of his staff Col. E.C. Williams and Maj. Marshall H. Hurt, Jr. volunteered to go forward to the front line at dawn with a white flag to initiate the surrender with the Japanese and deliver a letter from King and to arrange the meeting. After reading the letter, General Nagano agreed to meet General King at the Experimental Farm Station at Lamao near the front line near Limay.

At 9:00am General King departed in his last clean uniform with his entourage aboard two jeeps traveling a distance of three miles over two hours to meet with General Nagano who used an interpreter to explain that he was not authorized to make arrangement but had notified General Homma and his aid Colonel Moto Nakayama arrived and asked "You are General Wainwright?" learning he was not overall commander and only intended to surrender the forces under his control, he was told the Japanese would not accept his surrender and he must get his superior General Wainwright. During the meeting, King was able to convince him to consider his surrender proposal but Col Nakayama was only interested in the surrender of all forces in the Philippines. Realizing his position was hopeless General King agreed at 12:30pm to an unconditional surrender and Col Nakayama asked for his sword but he did not have it, having left it in Manila and instead he and his party surrendered their pistols. No formal surrender document was agreed or signed. For the Japanese, they interpreted the surrender of King's staff surrender as the surrender of individuals to the Japanese Army.

General King Surrender Site
Located at M. Roque Street, Lamao Plaza in Limay. On April 9, 1942 at this location U. S. Army Major-General General Edward P. King surrendered the "Battling Bastards of Bataan". A commemorative plaque is located at this location. The plaque reads: "faced with the slaughter of over 75,000 men, King showed great courage by his decision to end the bloodbath fearing a possible court-martial for his actions."

Final Battle Site
Located on the Governor Linao Highway, west of the junction with the highway. A plaque marks the north-south trail. On April 3, 1942 this defensive position was breached by the Japanese.

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