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Ret10Echo
08-15-2011, 19:30
Rest in Peace Sir,

A survivor and historian. Thank you for your Service.


Oldest survivor of Bataan Death March dies at 105

Posted: Aug 15, 2011 5:26 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 15, 2011 8:16 PM EDT
By JIM SUHR
Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A doctor once told Albert Brown he shouldn't expect to make it to 50, given the toll taken by his years in a Japanese labor camp during World War II and the infamous, often-deadly march that got him there. But the former dentist made it to 105, embodying the power of a positive spirit in the face of inordinate odds.

"Doc" Brown was nearly 40 in 1942 when he endured the Bataan Death March, a harrowing 65-mile trek in which 78,000 prisoners of war were forced to walk from Bataan province near Manila to a Japanese POW camp. As many as 11,000 died along the way. Many were denied food, water and medical care, and those who stumbled or fell during the scorching journey through Philippine jungles were stabbed, shot or beheaded.

But Brown survived and secretly documented it all, using a nub of a pencil to scrawl details into a tiny tablet he concealed in the lining of his canvas bag. He often wondered why captives so much younger and stronger perished, while he went on.

Full story here (http://www.wmdt.com/story/15271014/oldest-survivor-of-bataan-death-march-dies-at-105)

PSM
08-15-2011, 20:11
Rest in Peace, Doc!

Pat

Agoge2
08-15-2011, 20:18
Rest in Peace, Warrior and thank you for your service. What a legacy you have left for the rest of us!

Snaquebite
08-15-2011, 20:23
REst in PEace Sir...

My ex-father in law used to tell me stories of the BDM. He was a survivor also. I sat amazed an speechless as he told his stories to me. His sons and daughters used to ask me what we were talking about...I just told them "old war stories." He never related anything to them about Bataan...I felt proud yet humbled that he would tell me of his past.

uplink5
08-16-2011, 05:05
To be a survivor of Bataan is one thing but you set the bar a considerably higher.

:lifter

Thank you for your service before, during and after Bataan. Rest in Peace Albert Brown.

JJ_BPK
08-16-2011, 06:11
RIP Dr Brown, Vaya con Dios..

Richard
08-16-2011, 06:30
RIP, Doc.

This is a very interesting web-site based on a history project by a sixth grade class to research a Japanese prison camp (Fukuoka 17-Omuta) and what they found out about the camp, the POWs (many of them defenders of Corregidor and survivors of the Bataan march), and the defense of Corregidor.

http://www.lindavdahl.com/index.html

Click on the Conventions and Reunions link and then on the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Convention Washington DC April 2007 for a pic of Doc Brown when he was a spry looking 101 years old.

Some truly amazing stories.

Richard

SF_BHT
08-16-2011, 17:14
Rest in Peace Doc.......

mark46th
08-31-2011, 13:51
Rest in Peace. Had the honor of meetiing a survivor a few times. He was the brother of my father's best friend. He would not talk about it to any one...

greenberetTFS
08-31-2011, 16:35
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior............:(

Big Teddy

albeham
08-31-2011, 18:37
He now walks with heroes.. Rest in Peace

AL

wet dog
08-31-2011, 19:54
Rest in Peace Sir.

Thank you.

Gypsy
09-01-2011, 18:22
Rest in Peace, Sir. You certainly have earned it.