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Bataan Death March survivor, ABQ native dies

Updated: 03/22/2014 11:01 PM | Created: 03/22/2014 10:56 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Bataan Death March survivor, who led a campaign to change the caption on an historic photo, has died.

John E. Love was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II and forced to walk in what is now called the Bataan Death March.

Love made history in 2010, by helping to re-write history.

For 65 years, the world thought a famous photo depicted the Bataan Death March.

Love corrected the Associated Press four years ago and stated that the Japanese would never allow Americans to carry and bury their dead comrades.

The AP spent six months researching Love’s claims and concluded Love was correct.

The photo is actually of a burial detail led by Americans weeks after the Bataan survivors were released.

Love was from Albuquerque and died at the age of 91. 

Corrected photo
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps via AP File

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