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It’s been 72 years, but Bataan Death March survivor Walt Straka of Brainerd couldn’t help but think of World War II buddies who didn’t make it back home.


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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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