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Army and Civilian members lately joined collectively to recollect the ten,000 misplaced within the Bataan Loss of life March throughout a memorial occasion.

Underneath the theme of ‘One Staff, One Battle,’ practically 300 Staff Tinker members, representing the Air Pressure; Army; Navy; Marines; Reserves; Nationwide Guard; Civilians; and ROTC all got here collectively to ruck, run, stroll or bike the 26.2-, 14.2- or 3.2-mile programs of the Memorial Bataan Loss of life March to honor and bear in mind those that have been pressured to endure the demise march.

“Take into consideration the truth that you will have gotten to eat what you need to eat, sleep if you need to sleep and nobody is capturing at you,” stated Col. G. Corridor Sebren Jr., Tinker set up commander. “For individuals who truly endured the demise march that was not the case – that they had already endured months and months of not consuming and sleeping whereas getting shot at earlier than they began the 65-mile-long march.”

The Bataan Loss of life March started April 9, 1942, after American and Filipino troopers surrendered following the three-month-long Battle of Bataan. The Prisoners of Battle have been pressured to march 65 miles with no meals or water. It was solely once they reached their vacation spot that they obtained small bowls of rice. Ten thousand of the 75,000 POWs who began the march have been killed or died on the march. The POWs weren’t liberated till the tip of World Battle II. This yr marks the 81st Anniversary of the Bataan Loss of life March.