Ladies and Gentlemen,
I hope that all of you had a good Easter and that each of you had the opportunity to spend the day with your family and friends. Here are a few pictures from the Bataan Death March in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico that a group of us from Brooke Army Medical Hospital finished a few weeks ago. The race is a tribute race to honor our American POW's who were captured in the Philippines by the Japanese military during World War II. Our boys had to march many miles to the POW Camps where
Day before the race-Cpl Piram on the left, LCpl Bradford on the right.
Photo supplied by Sgt TJ Edwards
There were a total of three injured Marines including myself from BAMC at the race. I have seen some pretty amazing things in my life. However, nothing compares to witnessing two injured Marines that I personally know, finish this extremely difficult race. Less than a year has passed by since I visited Corporal Piram in the Intensive Care Unit. The other injured Marine that has been down here in San Antonio, Texas at the military hospital as long as I have, is Lance Corporal Bradford. LCpl Bradford is blind and he is also a bi-lateral amputee. However, this tough and stubborn Marine marched 10 miles in the mountains that day! Next year he is going to shoot for 15 miles. Both of these injured Marines inspired me and many others that day.
Mile 16 of 26 Photo supplied by Sgt TJ Edwards
For those of you who are crazy enough to want to complete this race next year, here is a link for you to register. One piece of advice...Bring plenty of moleskin for your feet.
Sgt TJ Edwards
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