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Mar 21, 2010
Yuma-based Marines Lance Cpl. Shane Fields, left, and Pfc. Adrian Velasquez change socks at one of the rest stops on the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March course at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 21, 2010. The annual march is held in memory of the nearly 75,000 American and Filipino service members forced to march across 90 miles of the Philippine Bataan peninsula with limited rations and harsh heat while interned by the Japanese in 1942. Marchers encountered sprains, blisters, sore spots and dehydration during the trek. The terrain throughout the course constantly shifted, from gravel to dirt to loose sand. “I just have a lot of respect for people that do these,” said Army Sgt. Ignacio Garza, combat medic with White Sands’ McAfee Health Clinic. “The human spirit can overcome a lot.” At least nine Marines from the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., participated in the event.


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