The Bataan Death March Memorial

Kelley S. Hestir - Concept Artist, Sculptor, Site Designer

Footprints & Panels

Making the Foot Prints

The 40 sets of foot prints leading from the base of the statue are the monument's most unique feature. Hestir and descendants of Death March survivors took plaster molds of ex-POWs bare feet, from which rubber casting were made. The castings were then impressed in the wet cement, creating the footprints. Some Bataan vets walked in the cement to recreate their own prints. Period boots were also worn by descendants to create additional prints. A nearby panel maps where individual footprints are located. The foot prints represent the 11,000 Americans and 65,000 Filipinos who were forced to take part in the Death March, enduring senseless torture, starvation, dehydration, and disease. Many prints lead up to the statue, then decline in number, representing the thousands of Filipinos and Americans who died on the march.

(Text by Cristopher Shurtz)

Gerry Shurtz and survivor Weldon Hamilton create footprints on the Memorial Walkway

Photo - Two Lane

Highway Productions

Details of boot print

Photo - Two Lane Highway Productions

Taking plaster bandage foot molds from Survivors of the Bataan Death March.

Making the Foot Molds

The plaster molds were cast with a type of rubber. The rubber castings were used to make impressions in the cement of the memorial walkway

The Interpretive Panels

photo - Darrol Shillingburg

uncredited images © Kelley S. Hestir

website - Darrol Shillingburg