O’Fallon AFJROTC honors POW’s in Bataan Death March

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

Pictured, from left, are cadets Peter Reimer, Cale Faulk, and Parker Anderson who participated in the ROTC’s run honoring the POW’s in the Bataan Death March.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Rebecca Bugger)

In order to kick off their beginning of the year picnic, 104 AFJROTC Cadets showed reverence to the original prisoners of war that were a part of World War II’s Bataan Death March by following in their footsteps and marching 12 miles in their honor.

On April 9, 1942, more than 50,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war were led from Saysain Point, Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles to Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac, via San Fernando, Pampanga. The exact distance that the prisoners traveled is not known, but most believe that it was somewhere between 60-70 miles with nearly 25,000 deaths, 500 of them American POW’s.

Peter Reimer, Cale Faulk, and Parker Anderson are three JROTC cadets that were part of the reenactment ceremony.  Each of them felt like it was a great honor to be able to gain understanding in to what these people went through and to gain a small taste of what it was like to be a part of something that was later declared a war crime.

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