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Bataan Death March Survivor Dies

Thomas A. Craigg Jr., a survivor of the Bataan Death March who was also a prisoner of war for three years, has died. He was 90.

Craigg, who died Sunday, served 23 years in the Marine Corps, earning three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star, which he received in a 2002 ceremony -- 60 years after he was taken prisoner by the Japanese.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that Craigg and two fellow Marines escaped the march by boat to the nearby U.S.-held island of Corregidor and rejoined the fight, but the troops there were forced to surrender nearly a month later.

Craigg was taken to a Japanese prison camp, where he and other captives hid a shredded U.S. flag that flew over Corregidor and was
taken down by the Marines before the island fell. He presented the flag to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday in Jacksonville with full military honors and Masonic rites.


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