If you’ve ever wondered how anyone could have survived the Bataan Death March in World War II, here is an opportunity to learn the story of someone who did. Here’s a news release I wrote for the Marine Corps League that provides details on the June 18 presentation:
Bataan Death March Survivor to Speak to Marine Corps League
Billy Templeton, a survivor of the Bataan Death March in World War II, will talk about his experiences at a meeting of the Simpson-Hoggatt Detachment of the Marine Corps League, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Disabled Veterans of America location, 8787 Old Santa Fe Rd. in Kansas City, Mo.
Infamous for its brutality, the Death March started on April 9, 1942, on the Philippines Bataan Peninsula. Templeton, an Army Air Corps radio operator, survived the 60-mile trek in blistering heat and then was held as a prisoner of war for three-and-one-half years. His 2006 book, Manila Bay Sunset: the Long March Into Hell, describes his ordeal and “personal triumph.” He now lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
The event is free and the public is invited. For more information call Commandant Ken Spencer at (913) 362-8383.