"Nathan's company died, to the man, on the Death March from Bataan."

Map of Bataan, Philipines
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The Bataan peninsula is located in the Philippines.  

American and Filippino survivors of the World War II Battle of Bataan (1942) were forced to march sixty-five miles on foot over three days to a Japanese prison camp. This became known as the "Bataan Death March" because roughly 15,000 of the prisoners perished en route; they died from thirst, heat exhaustion, and the abuse of the Japanese soldiers, who whipped, beat, and shot anyone who stumbled.