Skip to comments.John Love, Bataan Death March survivor, dies at 91
Posted on 03/23/2014 7:24:42 AM PDT by DFG
John E. Love, a Bataan Death March survivor who led a campaign to change the caption on a historic march photo from The Associated Press, has died. He was 91.
Love died Monday after a long battle with cancer, said Gerry Lightwine, pastor at La Vida Llena, an Albuquerque retirement home where Love lived.
As a 19-year-old member of the New Mexico Guard, Love was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when the U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942.
In all, tens of thousands of troops were forced to march to Japanese prison camps in what became known as the Bataan Death March. Many were denied food, water and medical care, and those who collapsed during the scorching journey through Philippine jungles were shot or bayoneted.
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At least the Japanese didn’t make them create naked pyramids...
Or take pictures of them with panties on their head.
RIP soldier.....I’m wondering if John Love was one of the actual survivors featured in the John Wayne movie “Back to Battan” that featured actual survivors in a sequence at the end.
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May God have a special place in Heaven for this man as he’s already seen Hell and the demons that inhabit it. RIP Good Man.
Many years ago I had a boss who was a survivor of the Bataan death march. Even 30 years after the war he still lived with it daily. He said that whenever an Asian walked into a room he broke out in a cold sweat. He shared stories of the day to day battle to stay alive. He told me that the prisoners that would get together in the evening and pray were the ones most likely to survive.
Now he walks with God. Prayers for God’s blessings.
Had a good friend that managed to escape from the Bataan Death March. He lived with natives for rite at three years , before being found on one of the islands,just off the main land . Holly his name past on back in the 90’s . His health never got over those years .
Every American child should be schooled in the sacrifice endured by our past American heroes. Many are sadly clueless. There was a very dear price paid for the freedoms many of us take for granted today.
Had the honor to have known one of they guys. A very gentle soul at the time I knew him.
May God have a special place in Heaven for this man as hes already seen Hell and the demons that inhabit it. RIP Good Man
Ditto. This guy has already been to hell. Unbelievable.
There can’t be many of them left. I knew one of the Bataan Death March survivors—he is still alive at 95 but has dementia and I haven’t seen him in a long time.
He was one of the many who took delight in Paul Tibbits and the Enola Gay.
My father worked with a gentleman who survived it and he refused to ride in a Japanese car!! Could never put it behind him, but hearing the stories, it’s easy to understand why.