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Over $5,000 raised at Bataan Death March Marathon

 

Building Homes for Heroes would like to thank, Kathy Marmon for her support.  On March 23, 2014, Kathy competed in the 25th Annual Bataan wearing a 40-pound backpack).  For the second consecutive year, funds raised by Kathy went donated to Building Homes for Heroes.  Ms. Marmon raised over $5,000 at this year's event.

The Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon is a 26.2-mile challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives. 

The conditions they encountered and the aftermath of the battle were unique.  They fought in a malaria-infested region, surviving on half or quarter rations with little or no medical help.  They fought with outdated equipment and virtually no air power. 

Tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces.  They were forced to march for days in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles.  Thousands died.  Those who survived faced the hardships of a prisoner of war camp.  Others were wounded or killed when unmarked enemy ships transporting prisoners of war to Japan were sunk by U.S. air and naval forces.