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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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Larson Family Home - 427 North 83rd Avenue West Duluth, MN -- Photo: Alf Larson Private Collection Did you ever go back to Sweden?
No. We thought about it a few years ago.

What did your dad do for a living in Duluth?
Initially, the only job he could get was packing fish in Rust Parker, a company in Duluth. Eventually, he got back into his field, which was electrical engineering.

How did you meet Jane who later became your wife?
The first time I remember seeing Jane was when her parents came to our home in Norton Park, Duluth. Her brother and I were good friends and about the same age. We were going sailing on a kayak a friend and I built. She wanted to come along. We didnít want to have anything to do with that.
I wanted to go sailing with them. They didnít want a girl following them around. (Jane)

How old was Jane when you first knew her?
I was about ten years old. (Jane)

How many years difference between the two of you?
Five and a half years.

Did you and Jane know each other when you were in high school?
Yes, but she was just a kid. Janeís and my parents were best friends. They got together all the time and played cards.

How did your parents become such good friends?
They became best friends through a family marriage. Janeís cousin Harry and my sister Anna met while attending a dance at the Swedish club in West Duluth. They ended up getting married.

When did you graduate from high school?
I graduated from high school in June 1937 and went to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I worked as a still tender for about six months in same company with my brother. He was an electrical engineer. I got sicker than a dog there from working around toxic chemicals! I went back to Duluth and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and went to Brimson, Minnesota. At that time, the Army operated the "CCC". I spent six months in it and was discharged in March l939. The lieutenant in charge said, "Why donít you join the Army?" I couldnít find a job so, a week later, I enlisted in the Army at Fort Snelling. I had no idea what I was getting into!

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