Death March survivor's son carries gift made by POW father back to Philippines
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published: April 19, 2017
MOUNT SAMAT, Philippines — Tears filled Joe Brown’s eyes as he stood near the summit of Mount Samat, clutching a child’s metal bracelet.
His father, Warrant Officer Charles D. Brown, made the band in a POW camp after the surrender of U.S. and Filipino forces to the Japanese Imperial Army at Bataan on April 9, 1942.
“He survived the Death March but died on a hell ship [the Arisan Maru] on 24 Oct., 1944. It was sunk 200 miles off the coast of China,” said Brown, one of several Americans who last week helped Filipinos commemorate the anniversary of the Fall of Bataan.
Only one U.S. Bataan veteran, Oscar Leonard, 98, made it back to the Philippines for the event, but there were plenty of veterans’ relatives like Brown.
The 75-year-old from Temecula, Calif., was born in the Philippines. After his Army clerk father was captured, Brown’s mother, a Spanish national, stayed at their house in Manila, he said.
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