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Larry Martin’s WWII in Their Own Words

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Saturday, June 15, 2013, 10:00am

Larry Martin’s WWII in Their Own Words: Dr. Eugene Bleil, Bataan Death March Survivor

This will be part 1 of a 2 part taped interview documenting the story of Bataan Death March survivor Dr. Bleil.

Part 1 will cover Dr. Bleil’s story starting from the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th 1941.   Dr. Bleil was an airplane mechanic who was given 15 minutes of Infantry training and a WW I rifle with which he had to fight for his life for the next four and a half months.  On April 9th 1942, 75,000 men were surrendered to the Japanese by General James King. General King thought that surrendering would prevent a complete slaughter of all 75,000 of his soldiers.  The Americans were forced to march 65 miles while being brutally abused by their captors.  Many did not survive.  Part 1 of the interview ends at the end of the Bataan Death March on about April 16, 1942. There will be a Q&A following the taped interview and will be memorabilia including pictures, letters, and some weaponry.

Part 2 of the interview will be on June 22nd, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. and will cover Dr. Bleil’s three and a half years of captivity in both the Philippines and Japan as a POW.   Families are welcome but due to the nature of the presentation parental discretion is advised.

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