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Death march survivor looks back

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With each passing year Bataan Death March survivor Walt Straka marvels at his own good fortune as he remembers his fellow soldiers who died during the brutal trek to a Japanese prison camp at World War II’s outset. The deadly march came after ill-equipped and outmanned U.S. soldiers on the Philippine peninsula of Bataan were ordered to surrender to the Japanese on April 9, 1942.


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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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