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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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 Comment by Lisa O'Cain on 06/01/2012 @ 03:11:05 GMT

If anyone knew my Uncle Marine Corps Private First Class Louis Houston Gay who died on May 8, 1942 at Camp O\'Donnell please contact me with any memories you have of him.  He died before I was born and I honor his memory.

 Comment by Lynn Lind on 05/04/2012 @ 03:25:46 GMT

Anyone who may have known about my uncle, James Phillip Hunter, with the New Mexico National Guard, I ask you to write me with your recollections at singhispraise02@yahoo.com. My uncle was a cook at Camp O\'Donnell, I understand. There was a man from NM Nat\'l Guard who "taught" men how to steal food, and my uncle did steal food. This other man was put before a Jap firing squad. He yelled, "It takes 9 Japanese and 9 bullets to kill 1 American man." They dismantled the squad, and the commander beat him with his cane until senseless. He was taken to barracks and nursed back to health and lived to be 96. I think about that time, my uncle said, "get me out of here!" He was at Clark AFB next. Then boarded the Arisan Maru where he died at sea by U.S. torpedos.


 Comment by Lynn Lind on 05/04/2012 @ 03:16:36 GMT

Thank you for your website. My uncle, James Phillip Hunter, was in the New Mexico National Guard from Carlsbad, NM. It was "federalized" for one year. Ha! Sometimes, life throws you a curve...
He was in the 200th Coast Artillery, then the 515th Coast Artillery, which defended Manilla. He made the Bataan Death March and survived. He then made his way, somehow, to Clark AFB where he was put on board the Arisan Maru. Disembarked. Reimbarked. Ship was hit with torpedoes from U.S. submarine, and he was killed. His remains were lost at sea. He was the older brother of my father, who happened to be aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I have not ever read about what happened at Clark. Thanks,

 Comment by Jake Johnson on 05/02/2012 @ 19:17:28 GMT

Thank you Rick Peterson for bringing to light the memories of Alf R. Larson and those who gave their life so willingly for their country. The stories of the march and the atrocities that took place there should lie at the heart of every American. It is unbelivably sad that not many people even know anything about this horrible event. I have a greater appreciation for those men who have sacrificed so much for this country, knowing what they went though for you and me and all of us. Thank you Rick for expanding my knowledge on this horrific event. we will never forget what happened at Bataan.

 Comment by Peg Meier on 03/20/2012 @ 13:51:02 GMT

Here\'s to Alf Larson and the other men on the horrendous death march. I was privileged to write about Alf in the Star Tribune 2000, thanks to Rick Peterson, who alerted me to Alf\'s story. My sympathy to his family and friends on his passing.

 Comment by Judith B. on 01/19/2012 @ 08:48:09 GMT

My wonderful uncle was on the death march and survived.  He had a hard time on his return and was but in a Veterans hospital for some time before he received a labotomy.  He lived with my folks and us kids from about 1950 on.  He was a delight to us as he thought and acted as we kids did.  He didn\'t talk about or remember the march or war years due to the surgery.  During the last week of his life he remembered some things and spoke about them.  I would love to hear from someone who knew him.  His name was James P. Palmer. Please write me at nelsonismydog@yahoo.com if you can help me know what he was like as a young man.  Thanks so much.

 Comment by Beth K. on 12/24/2011 @ 15:48:03 GMT

It was really enlightening to read this story.  My great uncle, Alvin Peterson, was on the Bataan Death March and did not survive.  My family has always said that they recognize him as one of the men in the photo of the soldiers that were stopping for a rest along the way.  He is the soldier with the injured face and legs crossed.  Thanks for continuing to remember these men.

 Comment by T. S. on 12/01/2011 @ 03:45:08 GMT

Thank you for this story. I pray it continues to be told. It is full of important lessons, first hand information, and most importantly the thoughts, feelings and insight of those who were there. It is so important to pass on the stories of the past, so that that we never forget. The Bataan Death March is remembered here in NM every year. Reading these words have only deepened my appreciation of those ceremonies. I know this story will help me bring deeper meaning to teaching about this integral part of history in my classroom. Thank you.

 Comment by Mary Chris Hines on 11/29/2011 @ 07:23:58 GMT

My uncle, Ralph Free, was on the death march, survived it and went on eventually to Cabanatuan camp. He worked in the library. Some of those cards from the Japanese Imperial Army made it to my grandmother. He died on one of the hell ships when it was bombed, as it wasn\'t marked. Thank you to all who fought to protect our freedom!

 Comment by Collins Duke on 09/01/2011 @ 19:09:37 GMT

My Uncle  Cpl John A Padgett 1913-2005 USAAF was on the death march and spent time in the Phillipines as a POW.
He was also placed on a \\"Hell Ship\\" and sent to japan where he was forced to do SLAVE labor in the Mitsubishi copper mine. After liberation he returned home to Pahokee Florida where he resumed his pre war job with the State Of Florida Road Dept. from where he retired.
He is in the book \\"Barb Wire Surgon\\"
He never hated the Japs, he said they were doing their duty and he was doing his and he was lucky to have survived.

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