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Frazier is a Bataan Death March


survivor, one of the 11,796 U.S. soldiers who were herded through the jungle in scorching heat in the Philippines in 1942 during World War II. Thousands of men died in that jungle at the hands of the Japanese. If a soldier tripped and fell, he was shot. If a soldier was injured and couldn’t continue, he was shot. No food. No water. Nothing. Ninety miles on sheer determination to get home alive. And Glenn was one of them. He and his fellow survivors are why 6,700 people (many active-duty military) arrived at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, this past spring to march 26.2 miles through the desert as a commemoration. I am one of them.


I had jokingly suggested to National President Cortina Barnes and National Secretary-Treasurer Jan Owens that I race on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, a Bronze Sponsor alongside the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Title Sponsor of the event. They took me seriously, so I seriously trained.


When you participate in any race, you sign a waiver that says you understand you can be hurt and you’ve done what’s necessary to prepare. The waiver for the 22nd Annual Bataan Memorial Death March was three pages long and


Director of Communications & Publications Cara Day during her march. Photo courtesy of brightroom.com


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