STA Bataan Day Ceremony to Honor Minnesota Veterans; Wednesday, April 25, 2001 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Saint Thomas Academy

    MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 Saint Thomas Academy announced today that it will honor Minnesotan and
 American veterans at the Bataan Day Ceremony on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 from
 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Saint Thomas Academy, according to STA Commandant
 Col. Kenneth Perry.  The ceremony is free and open to the general public.
     The ceremony will celebrate the national "Former Prisoner of War Day" the
 day that American-Filipino forces in Bataan fell to the Japanese on April 9,
 1942, which was the subsequent capture of the largest military force in U.S.
 military history.  Of the 11,800 Americans solders on Bataan, 9,300 reached
 the POW Camp O'Donnell after completing the 63-mile Death March.  There are
 less than 1,000 survivors of Bataan alive today.
     The Bataan Day ceremony will feature a brief history of WWII and highlight
 a round-table discussion with three Bataan veterans.  The Bataan survivors
 include St. Paul residents: Mr. Harold Kurvers, Corporal, served in
 Minnesota's 194th Tank Battalion; Mr. Alf Larson, Staff Sergeant, served in
 the 28th Squadron of the Army Air Corps; and Mr. Ken Porwoll, Sergeant, served
 as an M1-83 Tank Commander in Minnesota's 194th Tank Battalion.
     "It is a little known fact that a large number of Minnesotans were an
 active part of the WWII Bataan Campaign," said STA Commandant of Cadets, Col.
 Kenneth Perry.  "Minnesota's 194th Tank Battalion, out of Brainerd, was one of
 the two major army units stationed in Bataan.  We are honored to have these
 Minnesota veterans share their personal stories with the STA community and
 remember all the men who lost their lives on this tragic military campaign."
     On March 11, 1942 Gen. MacArthur was ordered to Australia, and Gen.
 Wainwright took his place as Commander of the Philippine forces, and Gen. King
 took Wainwright's place as Commander of the Fil-American forces in Bataan.
 Even before the Japanese attack, solders were battling disease, malnutrition,
 and fatigue due to the shortage of food, ammunition, gasoline, medicine, and
 other vital materials.  After their capture, Filipino and American solders
 were forced to march the "Death March," enduring physical and emotional
 torture.  Once they completed the five to nine-day march to San Fernando,
 Pangpanga the survivors were packed into train cars, where they were so
 crowded there was no room for the dead to fall.
     Of those who survived the "Death March," approximately 1,600 Americans
 died in the first 40 days at Camp O'Donnell and almost 20,000 Filipinos died
 in the first four months of captivity.
     Now in its 115th year, and with a current enrollment of 700 students in
 grades 7-12, Saint Thomas Academy is the only Catholic, college preparatory,
 all-male, JROTC school in Minnesota.  For more information please contact the
 Academy at 651-454-4570 http://www.cadets.com
 
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    MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 Saint Thomas Academy announced today that it will honor Minnesotan and
 American veterans at the Bataan Day Ceremony on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 from
 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Saint Thomas Academy, according to STA Commandant
 Col. Kenneth Perry.  The ceremony is free and open to the general public.
     The ceremony will celebrate the national "Former Prisoner of War Day" the
 day that American-Filipino forces in Bataan fell to the Japanese on April 9,
 1942, which was the subsequent capture of the largest military force in U.S.
 military history.  Of the 11,800 Americans solders on Bataan, 9,300 reached
 the POW Camp O'Donnell after completing the 63-mile Death March.  There are
 less than 1,000 survivors of Bataan alive today.
     The Bataan Day ceremony will feature a brief history of WWII and highlight
 a round-table discussion with three Bataan veterans.  The Bataan survivors
 include St. Paul residents: Mr. Harold Kurvers, Corporal, served in
 Minnesota's 194th Tank Battalion; Mr. Alf Larson, Staff Sergeant, served in
 the 28th Squadron of the Army Air Corps; and Mr. Ken Porwoll, Sergeant, served
 as an M1-83 Tank Commander in Minnesota's 194th Tank Battalion.
     "It is a little known fact that a large number of Minnesotans were an
 active part of the WWII Bataan Campaign," said STA Commandant of Cadets, Col.
 Kenneth Perry.  "Minnesota's 194th Tank Battalion, out of Brainerd, was one of
 the two major army units stationed in Bataan.  We are honored to have these
 Minnesota veterans share their personal stories with the STA community and
 remember all the men who lost their lives on this tragic military campaign."
     On March 11, 1942 Gen. MacArthur was ordered to Australia, and Gen.
 Wainwright took his place as Commander of the Philippine forces, and Gen. King
 took Wainwright's place as Commander of the Fil-American forces in Bataan.
 Even before the Japanese attack, solders were battling disease, malnutrition,
 and fatigue due to the shortage of food, ammunition, gasoline, medicine, and
 other vital materials.  After their capture, Filipino and American solders
 were forced to march the "Death March," enduring physical and emotional
 torture.  Once they completed the five to nine-day march to San Fernando,
 Pangpanga the survivors were packed into train cars, where they were so
 crowded there was no room for the dead to fall.
     Of those who survived the "Death March," approximately 1,600 Americans
 died in the first 40 days at Camp O'Donnell and almost 20,000 Filipinos died
 in the first four months of captivity.
     Now in its 115th year, and with a current enrollment of 700 students in
 grades 7-12, Saint Thomas Academy is the only Catholic, college preparatory,
 all-male, JROTC school in Minnesota.  For more information please contact the
 Academy at 651-454-4570 http://www.cadets.com
 
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