Survivor's story: Clovis resident is one of few living Bataan death march survivors

Courtesy photo Alvin Fails, 95, of Clovis, a Bataan death march survivor, at his home in February. Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most […]

Bataan death march survivors dwindling

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Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most of his days, the 95-year-old Fails recalled clearly the starvation rations on which he barely survived for […]

Their turn: New Mexico soldiers in Bataan deserve honor

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., reintroduced legislation Thursday to honor the veterans who defended Bataan and suffered through the Death March with the Congressional Gold Medal. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was a cosponsor of the bill. Here’s snippets from the Udall’s press release.

Commemorating Bataan

Courtesy photo A line of participants stretches up the road as people both start and finish point in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. Commentary by Lt. Col. Eric Johnson: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron It’s much harder to stay in shape as a person grows older. Most people start […]

Press release: New Mexico National Guard to Host Annual Bataan Ceremony

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico National Guard will host the annual Bataan Ceremony April 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bataan Memorial Building located at 407 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, N.M. This ceremony is held every April 9th and was established to honor the survivors of the Bataan Death March and to […]

Family: Bataan survivor lived life to fullest

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Kevin Wilson Thousands of American troops died during the Bataan Death March. Lee Roach of Clovis survived, and family members said he lived the rest of his life as if he was making up for lost time. Roach, who survived more than three years as a prisoner of war, died Thursday in Farwell of failing […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor remembered

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Courtesy photo Irvin Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor still living in Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson ered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor dies

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Kevin Wilson Irvin “I.R.” Butler will be remembered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew him as Grandpa. Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen participate in Bataan march

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico They left as acquaintances and returned as friends. Five Cannon Air Force Base airmen from the 27th Special Operations Medical Group joined together to create a team to walk the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21 at White Sands Missile Range. Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, Airman Katherine Truty, […]

Bataan Death March pulls airmen together

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, back left to right, Airman Katherine Truty, Senior Airman Ashley Perry, front left, Senior Airman Robert Rodriguez and Senior Airman Samantha Reed, all of the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, worked together during the 26.2 mile Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21. They left as […]

Former prisoner tells story

PNT staff Memories of war often haunt a person who was a part of it. For Clemens Kathman, the memories of the Bataan death march, prison camps and his trip home will remain with him for the rest of his life. Kathman wrestled his demons in the cathartic process of writing his memoirs — a […]

Thousands honor Bataan POW march

USAF photo: Greg Allen The 19th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range paid tribute to the men who died and those who By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs More than 4,400 airmen, soldiers, marines, sailors and civilians participated in this year’s annual Bataan Memorial Death […]

Cannon NCO plans to join Bataan memorial march

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs As his hand passed over the words etched into the marble of the Bataan Memorial next to the chapel here, Staff Sgt. Angelito Cooper’s jaws involuntarily clenched, as if to strengthen his resolve. “I didn’t even know [the memorial] was here,” he said quietly. “It’s nice.” […]

The Bataan Death March –A battle of endurance, courage

Cannon Airmen and the base public view the Bataan Memorial following a dedication ceremony Tuesday. The 27th Fighter Wing traces its lineage to the 27th Bombadier Group, one of the units whose men endured the infamous Bataan Death March. The Bataan Death March began at Mariveles on April 10, 1942. Troops who fell behind were […]

CAFB dedicates Bataan memorial

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Cannon Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for a memorial to the U.S. soldiers involved in the Bataan Death March during World War II. In April 1942, 75,000 U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced by Japanese troops to march 65 miles to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle […]

Portales remembers veterans

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer For widows of the men who marched in the Bataan Death March, Friday brought back wonderful memories of their husbands, but also tearful remembrances. The widows in attendance Rowena Preuit, Irene Wall, ImaGene McCormick and Joy Gardner were honored along with U.S. veterans at the Memorial Building in Portales on […]

Bataan survivor inducted into ALS Wall of Heroes

Senior Airmen Jason Knight, 27th Operations Support Squadron, and Richard Tomlinson, 27th Security Forces Squadron, present Mr. Buren Johnston with a shadow box containing his awards and decorations earned during his military service. Airman Thomas Trower Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many men were being drafted into the armed forces to prepare for […]

Cannon honors Bataan survivor

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By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Irvin Butler is a survivor — despite a grueling 55-mile death march; despite two years in a prisoner-of-war camp; despite a telegram sent to his family reporting his demise. Butler, now 85, was honored Friday for his World War II service, accepting a place on the Airman […]

Nov. 2 Obituaries

Tommy McGee Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Tommy McGee, 87, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Amarillo. He was born on March 21, 1917, in Sulfur Springs, Texas, to Margaret and Flavy McGee. He moved from Wink, Texas, to Portales when he was a […]