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Walt Straka

November 8, 2018
Brainerd’s Walt Straka, a 99-year-old World War II prisoner of war and Bataan Death March survivor, was honored at the Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday, Nov. 4. Photo by C. Morgan Engel
NFL: Brainerd's Straka honored at Vikings game
November 8, 2018 - 11:00am
September 10, 2018
Bataan Death March survivor Walt Straka (center), families of survivors and others attend an opening ceremony Saturday, Sept. 8, before the 21st annual Bataan Memorial March at the Brainerd National Guard Armory. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Videoplay button
Remembering Bataan - 21st annual Bataan Memorial March honors sacrifice, heritage
September 10, 2018 - 8:00am
September 16, 2017
In a file photo from 2016, family and supporters of those missing in action, including Julius Knudsen who became MIA during the Bataan Death March in 1942, line the side of the road with flags as people participating in the Bataan Memorial March pass by. Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch
POW/MIA Recognition Day marked Friday
September 16, 2017 - 7:00am
September 11, 2017
People head out from the starting line Saturday during the Bataan Memorial March in Brainerd.  Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Videoplay button
20 years of running to honor the Bataan Death March - Survivor Straka may return to Japan
September 11, 2017 - 5:00am
September 7, 2017
Military personnel and civilians take part in the 17th annual Bataan Memorial March in 2014, an event that commemorates those who endured the Bataan Death March in 1942 during World War II. Kelly Humphrey/file photo
20th Bataan Memorial Death March planned for Saturday
September 7, 2017 - 5:00am
June 15, 2017
Walt Straka, the last survivor of A Company, 194th Tank Battalion, laughs Wednesday at the Brainerd National Guard Armory. The armory open house highlighted military history during Brainerd History Week. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video and Galleryplay button
History Week event features Brainerd WWII voices
June 15, 2017 - 10:39am
April 9, 2017
A wreath laying ceremony is held Sunday at the Brainerd armory in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March. Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Videoplay button
Brainerd recognizes 75th anniversary of Bataan Death March
April 9, 2017 - 8:53pm
April 7, 2017
Bataan Death March survivor Walt Straka (center) attends last year’s wreath laying ceremony at the Brainerd armory. Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch
75 years since Bataan Death March: Sunday ceremony to mark anniversary
April 7, 2017 - 4:15am
August 15, 2016
Participants choose to run or walk either 10- or 20-mile stretches, and some of the Minnesota National Guard soldiers do it with 35-pound gear bags on their backs. (Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey)
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Memories strengthened with footsteps: Community gathers for Bataan Memorial March
August 15, 2016 - 8:03am
April 10, 2016
Sgt. 1st Class Joe Porisch (left) and Bataan survivor Walt Straka salute after placing the wreath during a Bataan Memorial wreath laying ceremony Saturday at the National Guard armory in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video)play button
Brainerd remembers Bataan Death March
April 10, 2016 - 7:33pm
April 9, 2016
The front page of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch 74 years ago on April 10, 1942. Brainerd's valiant heros, the men of the 194th Tank Battalion trapped on the Bataan peninsula. Brainerd Dispatch/ -
This Was Brainerd - April 10
April 9, 2016 - 4:18pm
November 10, 2015
Walt Straka, Bataan Death March survivor, talks about his experiences from his south Brainerd home recently. (Brainerd Dispatch/ Steve Kohls)
Walt Straka: The last man of A Company, 194th Tank Battalion
November 10, 2015 - 10:40pm