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Foreword

Introduction

The Road to Bataan

The Bataan Death March

The San Fernando Train Ride

Camp O'Donnell

Clark Field Concentration Camp

Bilibid Prison

The Hell Ships

Japan

The Nomachi Express

Camp Nomachi

Surrender, Liberation, and Repatriation

Epilogue

University of Minnesota
Alf R. Larson
Recorded Oral History




Governor Pawlenty
State of the State Address Tribute


KSTP TV Newscasts

Duluth TV Newscasts

KTIS Radio Interview
Rick P./Paulette K.
Alf's Christian Faith




Alf's Letter to God

Memorial:
Alf R. Larson


In Memory:
Alf R. Larson
Star Tribune


US Representative
Erik Paulsen's Tribute


PROCLAMATION
Alf Larson Day -
City of Crystal




Bataan Death March Route Map

Philippine Department of Tourism

Star Tribune:
March of Time
("Article of Interest" for 4-6 Grade Basic Skills Reading Test Prep)




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Alf R. Larson Memorial

Alf R. Larson loved reading the Psalms in the Bible.
His favorite Psalm was Psalm 23
(King James Version)
(See “Alf’s Letter To God”)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou are with me:
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow thee all the days of thy life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." ( Psalm 23)

Alf R. Larson - Bataan Death March Survivor July 29, 1918 - January 30, 2012

The Bataan Death March Memorial in Las Cruces, New Mexico features American and Filipino Soldiers supporting each other during the march. Footprints leading to and from the statue "look back to what has passed, down to what is present and ahead to what might be," according to notes by the sculptor, Kelley Hestir. "The footprints are symbolic of the many soldiers who began the march and the few who finished. The impressions were made from the feet of those who survived," Hestir said.

The memorial on the following page gives everlasting tribute to Alf R. Larson and his comrades.


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