JROTC Raider team takes first place – Guthrie News Page

Thirteen members of the JROTC Raider team from Guthrie High School participated in the 14-mile Bataan Memorial Death March on Saturday, April 9and in Oklahoma City to commemorate the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II.

The Bataan Death March took place in 1942 after the Japanese attacked the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines, where American and Filipino soldiers were stationed. On April 9, 1942, American and Filipino soldiers surrendered after months of battle, disease, and dwindling or depleted vital supplies. The soldiers, deprived of food, water and medical care, were forced to march 65 miles to POW camps. No less than 10,000 soldiers were killed or died on the march.

The Memorial Walk began at 9 a.m. on the south side of the Oklahoma River Trail. The students crossed the finish line in three hours and twelve minutes. Those who participated in the memorial event did so for many reasons: personal challenge, competitive spirit or in memory of a family member. All marched with esprit de corps in the ’89er Battalion. Each participant received a commemorative t-shirt, coin and ribbon for their uniform.

The team was the first to finish.

These young men have trained hard all year with the goal of dominating every event they attend, and they have been the pride of the 89er Battalion. Congratulations to the members of this year’s Bataan team.

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