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March 25, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Farwell

Bataan March

National Guard members from Northwest Missouri will honor those who fought for our country this weekend in a memorial March.

It has been nearly 69 years since the infamous "Bataan Death March" that took place during World War Two on the Philippine islands. That's where captured American soldiers were forced to march more than 50 miles in the jungle heat. Captain Ryan Jennings of the Missouri National Guard is with the unit located here in Maryville and is participating in the March. This year captain Jenning's cousin sergeant Patrick Jennings will also be marching. Soldiers participating are captain Rick Frese of Grant City, Sergeant Jeremy Kramer of Stanberry, Sergeant Patrick Jennings also of Stanberry, and captain Ryan Jennings of Clarinda, Iowa. The Bataan Memorial Death March takes place this Sunday at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.