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Oldest survivor of Bataan Death March dies at 105
Associated Press ^ | August 15, 2011 | JIM SUHR

Posted on 08/15/2011 8:00:34 PM PDT by decimon

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A doctor once told Albert Brown he shouldn't expect to make it to 50, given the toll taken by his years in a Japanese labor camp during World War II and the infamous, often-deadly march that got him there. But the former dentist made it to 105, embodying the power of a positive spirit in the face of inordinate odds.

"Doc" Brown was nearly 40 in 1942 when he endured the Bataan Death March, a harrowing 65-mile trek in which 78,000 prisoners of war were forced to walk from Bataan province near Manila to a Japanese POW camp. As many as 11,000 died along the way. Many were denied food, water and medical care, and those who stumbled or fell during the scorching journey through Philippine jungles were stabbed, shot or beheaded.

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TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: albertbrown; bataandeathmarch; japanesepow; pow; rip; ww2
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1 posted on 08/15/2011 8:00:36 PM PDT by decimon
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To: jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; ...

(( ping ))


2 posted on 08/15/2011 8:02:49 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: decimon

1. Maybe only the strongest people survived, not necessarily physical strength

2. Maybe the starvation had beneficial effects, like increased autophagy


4 posted on 08/15/2011 8:06:41 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: krb

You should request the mod’s delete your post.


5 posted on 08/15/2011 8:07:10 PM PDT by fso301
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To: decimon

amazing considering many of these guys that got out alive never made it to their 70’s...


6 posted on 08/15/2011 8:07:18 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Lancey Howard

RIP, Doc Brown.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 8:07:18 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: decimon

My uncle disappeared on that march.


8 posted on 08/15/2011 8:07:44 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If we were civilized we would throw Liberals off the nearest cliffs.)
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To: krb
105? I guess the march wasn’t that bad then.

j/k

I'd have thought it would take more of a toll on him and I'd have been wrong.

9 posted on 08/15/2011 8:08:21 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

RIP.


10 posted on 08/15/2011 8:08:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: MetaThought

Read the survivor accounts in John Toland’s “But Not in Shame” and you will be of a different opinion.


11 posted on 08/15/2011 8:08:50 PM PDT by fso301
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To: decimon
was nearly 40 in 1942

Someone he'p me with the math.

12 posted on 08/15/2011 8:09:12 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: decimon
"Doc" Brown was nearly 40 in 1942 when he endured the Bataan Death March

Wow.

13 posted on 08/15/2011 8:09:45 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: decimon

Read Ghost solders,what these poor guys went through at the hands of the Nippon Army, UNREAL!!! God Speed and bless you Brave Warrior!


14 posted on 08/15/2011 8:11:34 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

My uncle disappeared on that march.


Sorry. So did one of my Dad’s best friends. Most of the men on the march were from Texas, NM and Arizona, I think.


15 posted on 08/15/2011 8:12:08 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Someone he'p me with the math.

He was 36 which is getting close to 40.

16 posted on 08/15/2011 8:12:08 PM PDT by fso301
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To: decimon
highly recommended:
17 posted on 08/15/2011 8:12:22 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: decimon

Every time I think of this,it tears my heart. One of the saddest incidents I have ever known about. So many people are completely unaware of this event. RIP all participants in this horrendous march and the aftermath.


18 posted on 08/15/2011 8:13:09 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: the invisib1e hand

I guess 36 is near 40.


19 posted on 08/15/2011 8:13:36 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: krb

The march was beyond your power to imagine - for sure. I knew a Bataan survivor and got to hear a bit over a couple years. On top of surviving the march, he eventually was evacuated to Japan in a hell-ship and ended up working in a lead mine loading ore with his hands. Toward the end of our friendship, he began to question his sanity because his dreams were so vivid and fresh - they haunted his waking hours, too. That was in the early 2000’s - nearly 60 years after his imprisonment with the Japanese.

Think twice about your comments.


20 posted on 08/15/2011 8:13:48 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: decimon

I have never heard of Albert Brown but now I won’t forget him. Thank you for posting.


21 posted on 08/15/2011 8:13:48 PM PDT by BBell
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To: decimon

Years ago when I was just 18, I met a man who had been a Marine captured on a small island in the Pacific within 2 weeks of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I wish I could remember more.


22 posted on 08/15/2011 8:13:59 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: unkus

a LOT from Texas, who ended up working on the Siam/Burma railway...


23 posted on 08/15/2011 8:14:52 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: decimon

Me too...this guy was extraordinary. A fine and truly blessed man. I am sure he will be greatly missed by the people who knew him.


24 posted on 08/15/2011 8:15:01 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Page 492, section 81, sub-section 2, third paragraph, first sentence of the journalistic license states “36 is nearly 40”.


25 posted on 08/15/2011 8:15:35 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Rick Perry was a democrat. So was Reagan. Oh crap.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

I met a guy at a party down in Cedar Hill one time. I couldn’t figure out what his ethnicity was so I asked him. Philipino. We got to talking, he asked me if I ever heard of Bataan. I said sure, the Death March. His dad disappeared while being force marched in that mess. The guy had moved to America with his mother in the 50s and is a presently a proud American patriot.

Never forget the evils of tyranny.


26 posted on 08/15/2011 8:15:49 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: krb

j/k=Just kidding newbie (j/k)


27 posted on 08/15/2011 8:16:10 PM PDT by BBell
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To: fso301

It’s clearly marked as sardonic sarcasm. No need for decorum police.


28 posted on 08/15/2011 8:16:47 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: fso301

j/k=Just kidding newbie (j/k)


29 posted on 08/15/2011 8:16:47 PM PDT by BBell
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To: Cheetahcat

Many turned to canabalism when they were on the prison ships. American planes sank some of the ships, not knowing there were Americans aboard.

So horrific.


30 posted on 08/15/2011 8:16:57 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: decimon

They should have executed the entire Japanese Army that was in Luzon, Horrible what they did!


31 posted on 08/15/2011 8:19:46 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: decimon

Mr. Charles Lamb, my 5th grade teacher at Walnut Avenue Elementary School, Chino, California was a survivor of that march. I’ve known several others through the years.


32 posted on 08/15/2011 8:20:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: unkus

My wife’s Dad was a survivor of that march from hell...

He was a haunted man who passed way to young back in the early seventies...


33 posted on 08/15/2011 8:20:51 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: krb

You made a pretty stupid post.


34 posted on 08/15/2011 8:21:13 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: krb; BBell
It’s clearly marked as sardonic sarcasm. No need for decorum police

Words escape me. If we were in person you'd already have a smashed nose and missing teeth. The legal consequences to me I could care less.

35 posted on 08/15/2011 8:22:02 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Cheetahcat

They should have executed the entire Japanese Army that was in Luzon, Horrible what they did!


General MacArthur made sure some of the Japanese generals had swift trials and speedy executions. They cut some corners off the legalities, to say the least.


36 posted on 08/15/2011 8:22:40 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

“Many turned to canabalism when they were on the prison ships. American planes sank some of the ships, not knowing there were Americans aboard.

So horrific.”

Yes they stuffed them in the holds and covered the hatches,Bastards.


37 posted on 08/15/2011 8:25:11 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Our Post Master was a survivor. He was missing fingers on both hands. The japanese had put his hands on tree stumps and cut each finger off with hatchets, one at a time.


38 posted on 08/15/2011 8:25:11 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: decimon
What those men went through before and after the surrender is simply horrific. They did all they could do for their country given their situation, and then were forced to survive four years of hellish captivity at the hands of an enemy who didn't see them as even human. Reminds one that bravery wasn't only found on the battlefield. Also, a lot of Filipinos risked their lives to try and feed those on the Death March, or spirit some away...

Keep in mind folks, a Navy officer, I think a Houston survivor, was awarded the MoH for conduct in a Japanese prison camp. I don't know the details of the citation, but what he did was very brave, and it cost him his life, IIRC.

RIP Doc Brown, I hope you got to outlive all of your tormentors.

39 posted on 08/15/2011 8:25:31 PM PDT by Braak (The US Military, the real arms inspectors!)
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To: fso301
If we were in person you'd already have a smashed nose and missing teeth.

perhaps, but only if you are prone to sucker-punching people.

40 posted on 08/15/2011 8:26:02 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: unkus

Stories like that make me really hate the Japanese.


41 posted on 08/15/2011 8:27:12 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Cheetahcat

When I hear the typical BS about Heroshima or Nagasaki, I almost get ill thinking of the Bataan Death March, etc.

In school, our kids are not taught about the Bataan Death March, The Berlin Airlift, The Marshall Plan, how we rebuilt Japan, etc.

But they sure know about Hiroshima.


42 posted on 08/15/2011 8:29:26 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: fso301

Sure, but would you mind distilling the point for me?


43 posted on 08/15/2011 8:29:38 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: krb
perhaps, but only if you are prone to sucker-punching people.

No I'm not prone to sucker punching people but in the statement such as you made, the assault would be reflexive.

44 posted on 08/15/2011 8:30:21 PM PDT by fso301
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To: unkus
But they sure know about Hiroshima.

And Dresden.

45 posted on 08/15/2011 8:30:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: unkus

Yep. That focus is entirely messed up.


46 posted on 08/15/2011 8:31:05 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Conservababe

ping


47 posted on 08/15/2011 8:31:05 PM PDT by null and void (Day 934. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: unkus

many from that theater talked little about what they endured.

my Scoutmaster for my years in Scouts in 60-65 was a B-29 bombadier who was shot down and became a late POW the day of Hiroshima — in fact almost beheaded on the outskirts of that city.

I didn’t find all this out until I was in my twenties and talked to him one day.


48 posted on 08/15/2011 8:31:13 PM PDT by KC Burke
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He was 36 which is getting close to 40.

Thanks. I was working on a reply that was becoming too long. Yours went right to the point.

49 posted on 08/15/2011 8:31:29 PM PDT by decimon
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To: krb

Stories like that make me really hate the Japanese.


What they did then, not the Japanese today.


50 posted on 08/15/2011 8:31:39 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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