“Doc” Brown, Oldest Survivor of Bataan Death March, Passes Away at 105

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Bataan Death March is one of the more notorious events to have occurred during the Second World War. Seventy-eight thousand prisoners of war were forced to walk 65 miles, from Mariveles in the province of Bataan, to San Fernando, in the province of Pampanga, in the Philippines.

An estimated 11,000 prisoners died along the way, some of whom were still relatively young soldiers. Among those who survived, however, is Albert “Doc” Brown, who was nearly 40 years old when he joined the trek.

He did not only survive the Bataan Death March, but was also able to secretly document the journey.

On August 14, Sunday, Albert “Doc” Brown passed away at the age of 105, in Nashville, Illinois.

Kevin Moore, co-author of “Forsaken Heroes of the Pacific War: One Man’s True Story,” which recounts Doc’s experience, shared: “Doc’s story had as much relevance for today’s wounded warriors as it did for the veterans of his own era… The underlying message for today’s returning veterans is that there’s hope, not to give in no matter how bleak the moment may seem.”

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