On April 9, 1942, the U.S. and Filipino soldiers surrendered after seven months of battle combined with exposure to the extreme elements, disease, and lack of vital supplies. The tens of thousands of U.S. and Filipino soldiers were forced to become prisoners of war to the Japanese. The soldiers faced horrifying conditions and treatment as POWs. The soldiers were deprived of food, water, and medical attention, and were forced to march 65 miles to confinement camps throughout the Philippines.During the Bataan Death March, approximately 10,000 men died. Of these men, 1,000 were American and 9,000 were Filipino.
Team Oscar Mike, a division of the Oscar Mike Foundation, will be assisting 10 of our Nations Wounded/Ill/Injured Service members with their effort to complete The Bataan Memorial Death March.
The Oscar Mike Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Public Non-Profit, provides support for injured, ill and wounded Veterans looking for the opportunity to stay active, or “On The Move”, through sports and competition.
Started in 1989 by the Army ROTC Department at New Mexico State University, The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range. The memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and, in many cases, their very lives. This year, Team Oscar Mike, will have 2 teams of 5 soldiers (11 total participants) taking on the grueling 26.2 mile (Military Team Heavy/Light) to honor the tens of thousands of men who were taken as POWs and the approximately 10,000 who did not survive the march.
Your donations will aid the Foundation in covering their travel, lodging, ground transportation, meals, and registration fees.
Thank you for your consideration.