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Bataan Death March Reenactment

The Bataan Memorial Death March honors a special group of World War II heroes. These brave soldiers were responsible for the defense of the islands of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor defense forts of the Philippines. The conditions they encountered and the aftermath of the battle were unique. They fought in a malaria-infested region, surviving on half or quarter rations with little or no medical help. They fought with outdated equipment and virtually no air power.  On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines. Among those seized were members of the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard.

They were marched for days in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died. Those who survived faced the hardships of a prisoner of war camp. Others were wounded or killed when unmarked enemy ships transporting prisoners of war to Japan were sunk by U.S. air and naval forces.

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sand Missile Range, New Mexico, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.  

Students who join this team will participate in the GREEN route, which is the full 26.2-mile, while carrying 35 pounds.  Awards are presented to the top two finishers in each category. 

26.2 Mile Route Description
The 26.2-mile course, the route proceeds northwest from Water Point 4/8, circling a small mountain known as Mineral Hill.  Returning to Water Station 4/8, marchers travel south along the paved road covered earlier in the route.  The course then veers west along dirt and sand trails, coming up the backside of the White Sands community and returning to the finish line.  The area know as the "Sand Pit," featuring deep sand, comes after Water Station 9.  But, be aware, the dirt trails elsewhere along the route can be sandy and dusty as well.  This is particularly true of the stretch between Water Station 1 and Water Station 3.​