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Bataan Death March's60th anniversary and our own way of remembering
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Bataan Death March's60th anniversary and our own way of remembering

Clayton Merle Rollins Jr
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aka "MIKE"(war name: Miguel Martinez)

Clayton Merle Rollins Jr
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was also known as "Miguel Martinez" or "Mike" as his alias

We finally fulfilled "Mike" Rollins' last wishes

The Monument of the Cross in Bataan
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This commemorates those who sufferedin the "Death March"

The PROBE TEAM , a respected TV show helped us fulfill Mike's last wishes ....but the problem was we couldn't decide where tin Bataan should the ashes be scattered....

First, the urn containing his ashes, which was sent to me in 1981,had to be opened at the Loyola Crematorium

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The metal urn was airtight

Until a cross fell from the ashes when the old urn was opened, and it landed on my toe.

This is the small cross that fell from the ashes
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Probably telling us where to scatter the ashes

 

 WITH CHARITY FOR ALL; WITH FIRMNESS IN THE RIGHT,

AS GOD GIVES US TO SEE THE RIGHT,

 LET US STRIVE ON TO FINISH THE WORK WE ARE IN;

TO BIND UP THE NATION'S WOUNDS;

TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE,

AND FOR HIS WIDOW AND HIS ORPHAN--

 TO DO ALL WHICH MAY ACHIEVE

 AND CHERISH A JUST AND LASTING PEACE AMONG OURSELVES,

AND WITH ALL NATIONS.

 

Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865

 

 

 

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the helicopter flew over Bataan,there was Mt.Samat
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I never knew a giant cross was built there to commemorate the "DEATH MARCH"

Mike's final resting place
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The Rollins Family before he left for the Phil.
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Uncle Ted,Grandma Mary,Muriel, Arthur,Ginny and Clayton Jr

"Mike" or Clayton Merle Rollins was a US army soldier sent here when the war broke out in 1941. He escaped the infamous "Death March" and hid in the mountains together with the Filipino guerrilas, among them Marking's Guerrillas. He was M.I.A. for nearly 4 years. He joined the underground forces in the hills of Morong, Tanay,and Antipolo (where he met my mother)
His last wishes were for his ashes to be flown back to the Philippines, and for a portion of it to be scattered in Bataan.

Oliver in his first helicopter ride
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The Philippine Air force chopper

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