Survivor's story: Clovis resident is one of few living Bataan death march survivors

Courtesy photo Alvin Fails, 95, of Clovis, a Bataan death march survivor, at his home in February. 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 which he now spends most […]

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 […]

Commemorating Bataan

Courtesy photo A line of participants stretches up the road as people both start and finish point in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. Commentary by Lt. Col. Eric Johnson: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron It’s much harder to stay in shape as a person grows older. Most people start […]

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. This ceremony is held every April 9th and was established to honor the survivors of the Bataan Death March and to […]

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 […]

Area’s last Bataan Death March survivor remembered

Courtesy photo Irvin Butler died Christmas Day in Lubbock, one day short of his 92nd birthday. He was the only native Bataan Death March survivor still living in Roosevelt County. Kevin Wilson ered for his time in the military and surviving a 55-mile death match. But he would have been just fine if people knew […]

Bataan Death March pulls airmen together

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, back left to right, Airman Katherine Truty, Senior Airman Ashley Perry, front left, Senior Airman Robert Rodriguez and Senior Airman Samantha Reed, all of the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, worked together during the 26.2 mile Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21. They left as […]

$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 […]

Thousands honor Bataan POW march

USAF photo: Greg Allen The 19th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range paid tribute to the men who died and those who By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs More than 4,400 airmen, soldiers, marines, sailors and civilians participated in this year’s annual Bataan Memorial Death […]

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 […]

Cannon NCO plans to join Bataan memorial march

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs As his hand passed over the words etched into the marble of the Bataan Memorial next to the chapel here, Staff Sgt. Angelito Cooper’s jaws involuntarily clenched, as if to strengthen his resolve. “I didn’t even know [the memorial] was here,” he said quietly. “It’s nice.” […]

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 […]

The Bataan Death March –A battle of endurance, courage

Cannon Airmen and the base public view the Bataan Memorial following a dedication ceremony Tuesday. The 27th Fighter Wing traces its lineage to the 27th Bombadier Group, one of the units whose men endured the infamous Bataan Death March. The Bataan Death March began at Mariveles on April 10, 1942. Troops who fell behind were […]

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 survivor inducted into ALS Wall of Heroes

Senior Airmen Jason Knight, 27th Operations Support Squadron, and Richard Tomlinson, 27th Security Forces Squadron, present Mr. Buren Johnston with a shadow box containing his awards and decorations earned during his military service. Airman Thomas Trower Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many men were being drafted into the armed forces to prepare for […]

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 […]

Officer wants to honor Death March veterans

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Local committee considering memorial. Chief Petty Officer Richard Robertson’s heroes wear camouflage to work. They tote guns, drive tanks and fly planes during wartime. They defend America. But the Clovis native and Vietnam War veteran doesn’t feel the men and women of the armed forces are honored enough for what […]