Veterans

March 29, 2012

FH Soldiers remember Bataan through memorial death march

Tags:
Natalie Campbell
Natalie Campbell
Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center teammates undertake the 20-mile march to Tombstone while training for the Bataan Death March. Pictured, from front, are Spc. Vincent Sanchez, Spc. Michael Laube, Elizabeth Buechele and Rosaisela Casey.

Sunday marked the 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This year between 6 ““ 7,000 people gathered to complete the 26.2-mile grueling march through high desert terrain.

The march is held in honor of World War II Soldiers, who, while defending the Philippine islands, were surrendered to the Japanese forces. Surviving on half- and quarter-rations, with no medical aid in a malaria infested region, these American Soldiers were forced to march for days in the scorching heat, through the treacherous jungle. Thousands died, and those who lived faced the hardships of a prisoner-of-war camp.

Each person at the Bataan Memorial March had reasons to participate. Some did it for the personal challenge. Others did it for the camaraderie and esprit-de-corps. Others marched to remember a family member or veteran.

Both teams and individuals competed. Categories included military or civilian heavy (with rucksack), or military or civilian light (without rucksack).

1st Lt. David Campbell

From left, members of the 309th Military Intelligence Brigade “Sentinels,” 1st Lt. Scott McBrayer, Staff Sgt. Adam Smith, 1st Lt. Letticia Kolves and 2nd Lt. Lindsey Hutchison march in the Bataan Death March at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Sunday. A number of Soldiers and civilians from Fort Huachuca took part in the daylong event.

The annual event at White Sands Missile Range consists of two routes. The full route is 26.2 miles, and awards were presented to the top two finishers in each category. The honorary route is 14.2 miles and is a significant portion of the event and achievement for the participants, but not one of the award categories.

Many Soldiers and civilians representing Fort Huachuca were present.

One team, from the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, was composed of both military and civilians. Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Montes, the group’s supervisor, described their training prior to the event: “To date, a total of more than 200 miles of training have been completed in order [for us] to be in physical condition to complete the march. Some of the most intense and demanding training was the 21.2 miles to Elgin, 20 miles to Tombstone, and 20 miles to Bisbee.”

The 309th Military Intelligence Battalion “Sentinels” also participated.

1st Lt. David Campbell, Company F, 309th Ml Bn., marched “for the challenge and the opportunity to honor the brave soldiers of World War II.”

The event got off to a start before daybreak. Participants began arriving as early as 4:30 a.m. to gather for the opening ceremony, and then began the march. Luckily the weather cooperated; the temperature was mild and sunny with a light breeze.

Campbell described the march; he was a first-time participant.

“The event was very challenging. Everyone on our team pushed themselves to their limits. You definitely feel the fatigue after mile 10. But you kept on moving.

“I think we all enjoyed the experience despite all of the pain and suffering.” Campbell said, showing off the blisters on his feet.

He suggests a different approach for next year’s march.

“Next time we’ll prepare by starting our training at least four months out. We’ll do several morning ruck marches during the week and longer ruck marches on the weekend. We need to slowly build up our mileage to at least one 20-mile ruck march shortly before next year’s race.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Tanja Linton

Intelligence Senior Leader Conference maps out ‘way ahead’

Tanja Linton U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley opened the Intelligence Senior Leaders Conference at the Intelligence System Integration Laboratory Dec. 10. Senior intelligence leaders...
 
 

HOLIDAY SAFETY MESSAGE

The end of the year is a great time to take a moment to reflect on our many accomplishments at Fort Huachuca and as an Army. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication as we continue to build on our accomplishments and enhance America’s fighting force. Many of us will be...
 
 

What makes chaplain assistants unique

SAN ANTONIO — As the U.S. Army Installation Management Command chaplain assistant sergeant major, I am proud of all the chaplain assistants supporting our Soldiers, Families and Civilians. We are celebrating 105 years since the Army officially introduced this unique Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS. The Army officially created the position of chaplain assistant On...
 

 
Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater)

Looking for career progression? Join Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Department of the Army Civilians inspect a base expeditionary targeting surveillance systems-combined tower before transferring it over to the Afghan National Army near Kabul...
 
 

Colonel Smith MS Panthers end perfect basketball season

It was an exciting, perfect season for the Smith Panthers, a boy’s basketball team at Colonel Smith Middle School. The 14-member team started the season winning 3-0 at the three season tournament. During the regular season the team kept winning, ending their games 9-0. They also won during the CAC Championship. “[That’s] 14-0 wins total,”...
 
 

Fort community donates items in big way

From left, Warren “Russ” Barnes, logistics officer, shows Deborah Bohn, budget analyst, and Sheri York, RAYTHEON site lead, how to ride one of 55 bikes the 2nd-13th Aviation Regiment collected for the Fort Huachuca toy drive this year. This week, chapel personnel distributed toys and clothing collected from many units and organizations on Fort Huachuca...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin