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News | April 26, 2021

BAMC Soldiers observe solemn event

By Daniel J. Calderón

Soldiers currently assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center’s Soldier Recovery Unit organized and participated in the Bataan Death March remembrance event on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston on April 10.

“The intent was to recreate – virtually-the Bataan Death March remembrance event that is normally held in New Mexico,” said Army Staff Sgt. Edward W. Nelan, a veteran-track squad leader in BAMC’s SRU. Nelan served as the lead coordinator and non-commissioned officer in charge of the event. “We have 33 personnel from the SRU who volunteered to be part of the march and we have participants from outside the SRU.”

BAMC’s virtual commemorative march was part of the national march. The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps department at New Mexico State University began the event in 1989 in White Sands, N.M., according to the Bataan Memorial Death March site. The participants can either choose the full 26-mile march, or the shorter version of 14.2 miles. They can also choose to wear a fully packed “rucksack” as part of their march.

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