Bataan death march survivors dwindling

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CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Alvin Fails , 95, of Clovis, a Battan death march survivor, watches television Tuesday in his home. Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in […]

Press release: Udall talks Bataan recognition, Iraq withdrawal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) talked with radio reporters today about the Senate’s passage of legislation he introduced to help improve border security by cracking down on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to bring drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. Udall also previewed a bill he plans to re-introduce this week that would award […]

Press release: New Mexico National Guard to Host Annual Bataan Ceremony

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico National Guard will host the annual Bataan Ceremony April 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bataan Memorial Building located at 407 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, N.M.

In tribute: Clovis Bataan survivor never passed up chance to go out

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Courtesy photo Buren Johnston, left, and Lee Roach at a monument in Albuquerque’s Bataan Memorial Park. Johnston and Roach were two of 89 men from Curry County who survived the Bataan Death March. Roach died Thursday. Johnston is believed to be the only remaining Bataan survivor still living in Clovis. Kevin Wilson Thousands of American […]

$17 Million for DWI enforcement

STATE OF NEW MEXICODEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIONOFFICE OF THE SECRETARYBATAAN MEMORIAL BUILDING, SUITE 180 SANTA FE, NM 87501(505) 827-4985 FAX (505) 827-4984BILL RICHARDSON KATHERINE MILLERGOVERNOR CABINET SECRETARYFor Immediate ReleaseApril 24, 2009Contact: Nicole Gillespie, 827-3881DWI GRANT COUNCIL DISTRIBUTES $17 MILLIONTO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR DWIPREVENTION AND ENFORCEMENT EFFORTSSANTA FE – The Department of Finance and Administration […]

Udall wants to honor Bataan vets

U.S. Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M., wants to bestow Bataan Death March veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), 2.3 million members strong, has endorsed the plan, according to a news release from Udall’s office. “The coalescing support around this long-overdue tribute to the veterans who endured […]

Death march survivor, Curry County native dies at 86

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Francis Hall Van Buskirk, a Curry County native and one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March during World War II, has died. Van Buskirk died Feb. 7 at age 86. A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. today at McGee Memorial Chapel. He will be […]

Bataan veterans remembered

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for a memorial to the U.S. soldiers involved in the Bataan Death March during World War II. In April 1942, 75,000 U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced by Japanese troops to march 65 miles to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle of […]

Portales remembers veterans

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Harrie Black and James Kyte bow their heads in prayer at the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars program, “A Tribute to Veterans,” on Friday in commemoration of Veterans Day. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers For widows of the men who marched in the Bataan Death March, Friday brought back wonderful memories of […]

Bataan Death March survivors break ground for memorial

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Bataan Death March survivor Irvin Butler of Portales, left, was imprisoned for 3 1/2 years after being captured. Bataan Death March survivor Louis “Kildee” Herring is at right. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the […]