Ward recognizes anniversary of Bataan Death March
Ward recognizes anniversary of Bataan Death March on House Floor
On April 9, Rep. John Ward, DFL–Baxter, spoke on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives to honor the lives of those who suffered and died during the Bataan Death March.
The Bataan Death March occurred in 1942, when the Japanese Army marched tens of thousands of Filipino and American prisoners of war to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle of Bataan.
Approximately 2,500–10,000 Filipino and 100–650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach their destination and those that made it we’re subject to 3 years of torture at the hands of their captors until Allied forces recaptured the area in 1945.
“We hold a community remembrance in Brainerd every year for the 90 members of our area who suffered in this atrocity during World War II,” said Rep. Ward. “It was an honor to recognize those who fought and gave their lives in the service of our great country.