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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
The 32 replica dog tags of the soldiers from the 194th Tank Battalion Company A who died in combat, as a prisoner of war or the Death March are positioned on a scabbard of a sword after the Fall of Bataan 76th Anniversary Wreath Laying Ceremony Monday, April 9. Each soldier’s name was read and during a ceremony at the Brainerd National Guard Armory. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch  Video and Gallery
Bataan memorial service honors Brainerd armed forces
April 10, 2018 - 4:00am
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 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
April 6, 2016
Julius Knudsen of Brainerd is pictured during a trip to Oregon. Knudsen would later go missing in action during the Bataan Death March in April of 1942.  Submitted photo.
Bataan: Lost along the Death March
April 6, 2016 - 10:08pm
August 17, 2015
Participants (left) gather at the starting line of the Bataan Memorial March Saturday, as a Patriot Guard Rider (center) stands sentinel along the roadside with a flag and Walt Straka (right), the last area Bataan survivor, sits to watch them take off. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch - Gallery and Video)play button
Runners fight through heat, humidity to honor WWII atrocity victims
August 17, 2015 - 10:37am
November 12, 2014
Erling Jonassen, 95, of Duluth, looks through World War II memorabilia in his apartment. Jonassen survived nearly three years in enemy territory in the Philippines during the war. (Bob King /
American Hero: Erling Jonassen 'Stayed to Fight' in WWII Pacific
November 12, 2014 - 10:35pm