Death March recalled through walk!


WELLSBURG – Area residents and visitors of various ages participated in a walk along Wellsburg’s Yankee Trail and city streets Tuesday to remember the many Americans who died or suffered atrocities as participants in the Bataan Death March during World War II.

Leaders of the Brooke County Public Library and its Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum organized the event to promote awareness of the march, in which about 70,000 American and Filippino troops were forced to walk 65 miles through subtropical heat, without food or water.

After fighting for three months against Japanese invaders of the Philippine Islands, many were suffering already from fatigue, malaria or dysentery and succumbed to illness or exhaustion.

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