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Army ROTC students complete the Bataan Memorial Death March

April 2, 2009

On the March 29, students from CSU Army ROTC competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico. They marched over 26.2 miles with a 35-pound rucksack on their back.

Paying tribute to WWII soldiers

The Bataan Memorial Death March is more of a memorial than a race. The history and memoriam of the Bataan Death March is what this event is all about.

A record number of soldiers and civilians came together at the White Sands Missile Range Base to pay tribute and to honor to the soldiers who were in the original march in the Philippines during WWII.

The march also pays tribute and honor to the sacrifices of those who have gone before them. This year the Bataan survivors answered the roll call during the opening ceremony.

Marathon took over 7 hours

CSU Army ROTC completed the marathon in seven hours and 47 minutes placing 6 out of 25 for the "ROTC Heavy" (ones marching with the 35 pound rucksack/backpack) teams.

The CSU Army ROTC team consisted of: 

  • Derek Smith
  • James Schumacher
  • Chris Rutherford
  • Nathan Seitz
  • Diego Barros

For individuals in the "heavy" category, Scott Geers placed 68th and Stephen Biondolillo placed 138th out of a very aggressive set of 328 competitors. For "individual light," Talisa Dauz sprinted ahead of the competition and placed 33rd out of 524 in her category.

Contact: CPT Mike Lathrop
Phone: (970) 491-7964