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COMMENTARY: Bataan survivors beat the odds


The opportunity to meet truly inspiring people remains the No. 1 perquisite of a journalist's career and there's no question that Bataan Death March survivors Henry Peck and Walt Straka are at the top of my list.

During World War II, when the two men were in their early 20s and answerable to their brutal Japanese captors, most people wouldn't have bet a plug nickel on their chances of living to the age of 90.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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