Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rugged Tribute to Bataan Veterans.

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

* Participants compete in the 13th annual trek honoring World War II Japanese death march survivors and victims

LAS CRUCES About 3,000 trekkers will take part Sunday in the 13th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range a grueling tribute to the World War II soldiers who endured the real 1942 ordeal.

Among those participating in the marathon-length, 26.2-mile trek over roads and sandy paths will be 10 members of Bataan Death March survivor Weldon Hamilton's family, including two daughters, a son and several grandchildren.

"Most of us (veterans) feel so honored, it's hard to believe," said Hamilton, the 79-year-old vice commander of the Las Cruces chapter of American Prisoners of War, Bataan Veterans. …

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