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KASA: Death March, N.M. soldiers remembered

For some people 71 years ago is ancient history, but for many New Mexicans, the Bataan Death March in World War II can never be forgotten.

There were about 1,800 New Mexico soldiers among the 78,000 U.S. and Filipino forced by the Japanese to march a 65-mile route after the fall of the Philippines on April 9, 1942.

In New Mexico, with about 500,000 residents at the time, nearly everyone had a family member, friend or acquaintance among the prisoners.

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