Thursday, November 24, 2016
THE LAST SURVIVOR OF THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH HAS DIED
I was U.S. Army and stationed in the Philippines. In April, 1968 a group of soldiers and airmen from Clark AFB were selected to make retrace the Bataan Death March. We were taken by air conditioned bus to the beginning of the of march and set out on foot. I should note that we were all young men in our late teens and early 20s in great physical shape and outfitted in excellent boots, shorts and sun helmets. We had plenty of food and water, along with medics on call if we passed out in the blazing sun. Nevertheless, in the best of conditions and with troops in the best of physical condition, fewer than half the marchers made the finish line.
Albert Brown was told by his doctor that he wouldn’t live to see his 50th birthday. The strain of years spent in a Japanese labor camp during World War II