http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/16/bataan-death-marchs-75th-memorial.html For those who don't know, the Bataan Death March started on April 9, 1942, when U.S. Gen. Edward King Jr. surrendered to Japanese forces in the Phillipines, who would soon show they had no intention in honoring the Geneva Convention. Over eight days, the Allied forces made their way from Mariveles, on the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula, to San Fernando. That's 80 miles, without food and the only water anyone got was what fell as rain. While no definitive numbers are available, historians estimate that 1,000 Americans perished while 5,000 and 10,000 of a total 65,000 Filipinos soldiers succumbed to the harsh conditions or were killed by their Japanese captors. Those who survived the death march spent the next 3 years surviving the prison camps run by the Japanese. Shooter heard firsthand accounts of the Bataan Death march from his Jr. High math teacher. Mr. McMillan survived the death march and the prison camps and each year in April he closed the math book and told us about his experiences. He was the first person I heard say "freedom is not free". He had a game leg from being bayonetted for being slow to get up, and a scar on his cheek from a sadistic guard. Someone asked him if he hated the Japanese, and he said no, but even 20 years later could not stand rice, and still hated any kind of soup. Shooter counts himself lucky in having met a true hero, you know, besides his dad, so early in his life. And Mr. McMillan was a hell of a math teacher as well.