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The Road to Bataan

The Bataan Death March

The San Fernando Train Ride

Camp O'Donnell

Clark Field Concentration Camp

Bilibid Prison

The Hell Ships


The Nomachi Express

Camp Nomachi

Surrender, Liberation, and Repatriation


University of Minnesota
Alf R. Larson
Recorded Oral History

Governor Pawlenty
State of the State Address Tribute

KSTP TV Newscasts

Duluth TV Newscasts

KTIS Radio Interview
Rick P./Paulette K.
Alf's Christian Faith

Alf's Letter to God

Alf R. Larson

In Memory:
Alf R. Larson
Star Tribune

US Representative
Erik Paulsen's Tribute

Alf Larson Day -
City of Crystal

Bataan Death March Route Map

Philippine Department of Tourism

Star Tribune:
March of Time
("Article of Interest" for 4-6 Grade Basic Skills Reading Test Prep)

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 Comment by Sherrie Flanders on 12/29/2014 @ 03:29:04 GMT

My father Sherrod Flanders was a Death March of Bataan survivor. He was at Camp O\'Donnell, Bilibid Prison, Cabanatuan and later in Japan. His story is written in a book I had published after his death. The manuscript was in danger of deteriorating and these stories need to be told. The book is Undefeated Americans by Sherrod M. Flanders. He was from Soperton, GA.

 Comment by Luke Kemp on 11/12/2014 @ 15:05:44 GMT

Where can I find a non-nonsense online list of the Bataan Death March survivors? My great uncle was among them and every link out there now is some kind of merchandising or promotion gimmick.

Please provide a link to a simple list of those who were there so I can confirm my relative.

Please send to

p.s. My dad was also with MacArthur as a young sailor when he returned to PH in Leyte.

 Comment by Samantha Wiley on 10/30/2014 @ 17:52:32 GMT

Hi, I know my great grandfather, Leslie Ford survived the march. Anyone know if he\'s still alive? Contact me at

 Comment by Daniel Work on 10/17/2014 @ 15:40:58 GMT

Hello my name Daniel Work, and I am a History and Education major from East Texas Baptist University. I am currently working on a paper regarding how American servicemen viewed American involvement in WW II prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. During my searching for primary sources your page on Alf R. Larson came up.
I was wondering if you would be so kind, as to assist me in my efforts. If that is the case would you email me some documents of his prior to Dec. 7, 1941. Letters involving his opinion on the war,or anything relating to his training would help.
Please send anything you would like give me to

 Comment by JCousin on 09/27/2014 @ 18:31:17 GMT

Uncle Blanchard did not die during the march. He survived the march. He died after 2 years in a POW camp. His name was found in a journal 2 officers kept hidden as a means to keep track of soldiers.

 Comment by Jim Burnett on 09/22/2014 @ 13:39:28 GMT

Can the individual who posted regarding Teddy C. Campbell get in touch with me at

 Comment by Elaine De Arcos on 09/20/2014 @ 04:41:20 GMT

My great grandfather was Henry Edward Crawford. He was a survivor of the death march and died in Washington in 1956. Does anyone have any information on him?  If so, please contact me at Thank you.

 Comment by Angela Steagall on 08/13/2014 @ 15:53:33 GMT

I was researching my uncle and came across the most amazing photo of him in the Nomachi POW Camp.

As I was researching, I came across this website and noticed there is a photo of Mr. Larsen in the prison camp as well.

When I looked at the two, the one on this site is the same photo, just cropped. My uncle was on the front row all the way to the left.

Do you know how I could get a good quality copy, or a digital file of that photo?

 Comment by Dolores Huntoon on 07/19/2014 @ 23:04:28 GMT

My father, Wilfred T. Nartea was a P.O.W. of the Bataan Death March. He \'claims\' he was the 6th person from the left of the famous picture, on the National Geographic, where he was in the front, carrying one end of a pole with a dead body, hanging from the pole. He was responsible for building the buildings they disposed of the dead bodies. He never talked about it, till a few years ago, when he was in his mid eightys.

 Comment by Darys adams on 06/25/2014 @ 01:52:49 GMT

My uncle, Thomas B Shone survived the Bataan death march, but was killed afterwards on a prisoner of war ship. I would appreciate hearing from. Anyone that knew of him.


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