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.

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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]