NASHVILLE, Ill., Aug. 15 (UPI) — Albert Brown, who survived the Bataan Death March in the Pacific Theater during World War II, has died at 105, his biographer said.
Brown, of Pinckneyville, Ill., the oldest American survivor of the 1942 forced march that claimed the lives of as many as 11,000 Allied soldiers captured by the Japanese in the Philippines, died Sunday in Nashville, Ill., Kevin Moore, the author of a biography about Brown, told The New York Times.
The American War Library in California lists Brown as the oldest American veteran of World War II, though the Times said that could not be confirmed.
Brown was an Army captain when he and about 76,000 captured Americans and Filipinos were made to march 66 miles on the Bataan peninsula under horrendous conditions and brutal treatment by their Japanese captors.
Brown witnessed other prisoners shot to death and was regularly beaten during his three years in captivity. When freed after the Japanese surrender, the 6-footer weighed 90 pounds.
The Nebraska native was later promoted to major and spent two years in an Army hospital after the war. He moved to Los Angeles where he invested in real estate.
In the 1980s, he moved to Illinois to live with one of his children.
He is survived by two children, 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren. His wife of 58 years, the former Helen Johnson, died in 1985.