BENEFITING: WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Mar 25, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 213
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A DEPLOYMENT CHANGE. THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE WAS SENT TO ALL DONORS:
Thanks so much for your donation. I sincerely appreciate it. Two unfortunate things have happened. The first is that my deployment timeline has shifted significantly earlier and I will not be able to compete in the Bataan Death March. The second is that my command team has denied me conducting a similar event here at Fort Stewart, GA. Your donation was automatically routed to the Wounded Warrior Project. However, because I did not fulfill my end of the agreement, I am willing to send your donation back to you. Please let me know what you would like. Thanks again for your support.
The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
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 They fought with outdated equipment and virtually no air power.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 26.2 mile memorial march route starts on the White Sands main post (New Mexico), crosses dusty and hilly desert terrain, circles a small mountain and returns to the main post through sandy desert trails and washes. The elevation ranges from about 4,100 to 5,300 feet.
Brian Kitching is preparing for his fifth deployment to Afghanistan in April as a Company Commander. He views this as a challenging opportunity to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation. Brian is stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Visit The Wounded Warrior Project's website at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Visit The Bataan Death March Website at: www.bataanmarch.com
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