Running on “Adrenaline and Rage” at the Bataan Memorial Death March

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Every year for the past 25 years—with the exception of 2003—men and women from across the nation gather together and push through a grueling 26.2-mile course on the White Sands Missile Range in Southern New Mexico to remember and honor a special group of World War II heroes.

On April 9th, 1942, after battling to defend several islands in the Philippines, tens of thousands of Filipino and American (Army, Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marines) soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. They were forced to march for days in scorching heat—through the Philippine jungles—without food and with little water. They experienced widespread physical and mental abuse, and thousands died. Many who survived ended up in prisoner of war camps.

Since its inception, the memorial march has grown from about 100 participants to over 5,000. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the event.

The USCCA sponsored an incredible team, consisting of 5 veteran employees (Steve Fischer, Brandon King, Kevin Michalowski, Mark Critchlow, and Anthony Anderson) and one vet (Tom Voss) who we sponsored on the Veterans Trek initiative. Together these men were able to walk a combined 150 miles while each carrying a 35+ pound pack. A special thanks to BLACKHAWK! for providing the boots and packs for the USCCA team.

USCCA Veterans at the Bataan Memorial Death March | USCCA Video

The USCCA sponsored 6 incredible veterans at the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March.

 

This year’s Bataan Memorial Death March raised over 20,879 lbs of food for needy families in the southern New Mexico area.

To learn more about the event, please visit:

http://www.bataanmarch.com/default.htm