Fall of Bataan will be remembered Wednesday
The anniversary of a U.S. military tragedy that took place a lifetime ago and shook the Brainerd community will be marked with a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Brainerd National Guard Armory.
The memory of the fall of Bataan — 72 years ago — and the contributions of Brainerd’s 194th Tank Battalion in its defense of the Philippine Islands will be honored on that day.
After being ordered to surrender, the U.S. soldiers were ordered on the Bataan Death March by their Japanese captors. They suffered through sickness, hunger and atrocities while under the control of their captors.
According to a 2010 proclamation issued by the state of Minnesota, of the 82 officers and men of 34th Tank Company who left Brainerd, 64 accompanied the redesignated 194th overseas to the Philippines. The proclamation stated: “Three were killed in action and 29 died as POWs. Only 32 survived to return to Brainerd after the end of World War II.”
After the wreath-laying ceremony, refreshments will be provided by American Legion Auxiliary Post 255.