Posted: August 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Seventy years ago in April, a young GI was among the 76,000 Americans and Filipinos forced to surrender to the Japanese on a Philippine peninsula, Bataan. Ordered to lay down his arms, Staff Sgt. Lester Tenney — already wounded and suffering from malaria and dysentery — experienced an odd sense of peace. “It was a feeling of relaxation,” recalled Tenney, now a 91-year-old La Costa California resident. “Like a relief in a certain way.” He paused. “We were not expecting anything as bad as it was.” His next eight days were a nightmare of unrelieved horror. He battled hunger, thirst and captors who regarded their prisoners as a subhuman species, unworthy of life. The Bataan Death March, as the grim episode is now known, tested Tenney’s courage and intelligence. On the 80-plus-mile trek, he realized that every step could have been his last. For an account of his ordeal in his own words refer to the attachment in this Bulletin titles, “WWII Vets – Lester Tenney”. [Source: San Diego Union-Tribune Peter Rowe article 21 Apr 2012 ++]


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