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Release: April 30, 2002
UI ROTC participates in commemorative march
Seven cadets and two cadre members from the University of Iowa's Army Reserve
Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently took part in the 60th Bataan Memorial
Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
The annual 26.2-mile desert trek commemorates the sacrifice and suffering
of about 70,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers who fought to defend the Philippines
during World War II and who, after their surrender, were forced to march 65
miles without food, water or rest. Thousands died when they were unable to
keep up the pace and were killed by their captors.
On April 14 , more than 4,000 people took part in the marathon-length march
across hilly terrain, sandy trails and arroyo washes. As the largest U.S.
military memorial march of its kind, the event is divided into lightweight
and heavyweight teams, with heavyweights carrying 35-pound packs. UI participants
were ROTC cadets Adam Deardorff, Angela Decker, Daniel Gill, William Hoke,
Rachel Kelly, Joshua Lashley, and Candace Shoemaker; and ROTC cadre members
Maj. Dave Lewis and Lt. Col. Carol St. John. Rachel Kelly placed third in
the female Military Heavy Division, in which she was required to wear a full
military uniform, including boots, and carry a 35-pound pack and water. She
finished in a time of 7 hours, 11 minutes, 15 seconds.
This is the second year that cadets and cadre from the University of Iowa
Army ROTC program have participated.