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Release: April 30, 2002

UI ROTC participates in commemorative march

Seven cadets and two cadre members from the University of Iowa's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recently took part in the 60th Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The annual 26.2-mile desert trek commemorates the sacrifice and suffering of about 70,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers who fought to defend the Philippines during World War II and who, after their surrender, were forced to march 65 miles without food, water or rest. Thousands died when they were unable to keep up the pace and were killed by their captors.

On April 14 , more than 4,000 people took part in the marathon-length march across hilly terrain, sandy trails and arroyo washes. As the largest U.S. military memorial march of its kind, the event is divided into lightweight and heavyweight teams, with heavyweights carrying 35-pound packs. UI participants were ROTC cadets Adam Deardorff, Angela Decker, Daniel Gill, William Hoke, Rachel Kelly, Joshua Lashley, and Candace Shoemaker; and ROTC cadre members Maj. Dave Lewis and Lt. Col. Carol St. John. Rachel Kelly placed third in the female Military Heavy Division, in which she was required to wear a full military uniform, including boots, and carry a 35-pound pack and water. She finished in a time of 7 hours, 11 minutes, 15 seconds.

This is the second year that cadets and cadre from the University of Iowa Army ROTC program have participated.