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Ben Skardon wears a replica of his 1938 Clemson graduation ring that he used to barter for food during the Bataan Death March. #ring

Ben Skardon wears a replica of his 1938 Clemson graduation ring that he used to barter for food during the Bataan Death March.

Bataan Death March, 1942 During the Bataan Death March, American and Filipino prisoners were marched almost 80 miles to Camp O’Donnell. Starving soldiers were forced to march through the searing heat with little food, water or medical treatment. Those that were too weak, if they fell by the wayside and were either bayonetted, clubbed to death or even shot.

Bataan Death March - BE037206 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. Original caption:1945- American soldiers lying down at the beginning of what became the Bataan Death March.

Survivors of the Bataan Death March signed the cadets race card during the racers registration March 26, in White Sands New Mexico. More than 6300 runners took on the course to support the survivors and fallen servicemembers of the Bataan Death March. Photo by Tommy Gilligan/USMA:::my Father's friends:::