Army team finishes first in Bataan March
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — For the fourth year, an 8th U.S. Army team has won the Bataan Memorial Death March in the men’s “military heavy” category, according to military officials.
The contest, held March 26 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., featured marathon-length and 14.2-mile-long courses. The 8th Army team’s five members finished the 26.2 miles in 5 hours, 31 minutes and 39 seconds, according to statistics on the march’s Web site.
Two other units from South Korea participated: a 188th Military Police Company team from Daegu and an 8th Army women’s team.
The “military heavy” team was Lt. Col. Troy Bus- by, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Army; 2nd Lt. Robert Topper, 41st Signal Battalion; Capt. Arthur Mathisen, 121st General Hospital; 2nd Lt. Alex Viox, 702nd Brigade Support Battalion; and 1st Lt. Justin Chronister, Company E, 9th Infantry.
The race honors the thousands of U.S. and Philippine servicemembers who surrendered in April 1942 to Japanese forces and were forced to march for days for a total of 63 miles. Many died along the way.
An 8th Army team won the race in 2002, 2004 and 2005. The event was cancelled in 2003 because of preparations for the invasion of Iraq.