NASHVILLE, Ill. — A World War II veteran recognized as the oldest living survivor of the Bataan Death March has died at age 105 in an Illinois nursing home.
His biographer, Kevin Moore, says Albert Brown was recognized as the oldest survivor of the deadly 65-mile trek at an annual survivors' convention in 2007. His granddaughter says he died Sunday.
Japanese soldiers forced Brown and 78,000 other prisoners of war to march through the Philippines to a POW camp in 1942. As many as 11,000 died.
But Brown survived. When the war ended, he moved to California and rented properties to the era's biggest Hollywood stars.
Moore said Monday that Brown's story of endurance and hope has as much relevance for today's wounded warriors as it did for World War II veterans.
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