/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Bataan Death March survivor Peck dies at 90

A “damn good soldier”

Posted: February 28, 2011 - 9:08pm
By Mike O'Rourke
Associate Editor

Henry Peck of Brainerd, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, was remembered Monday by his longtime friend and fellow survivor, Walt Straka, as a hardworking, honest man who was a “damn good soldier”

Peck, 90, died Monday at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany

“He was kind of bull-headed in a way,” Straka said, remembering that Peck took offense when a Bataan memorial portrayed the soldiers in the wrong type of helmet “You couldn’t ask for better friends He was always honest to me, just a good honest guy I really liked the guy”

Peck’s death means that Straka, a Brainerd resident who was reached while vacationing in Pharr, Texas, is the lone Brainerd area survivor of Brainerd’s 34th Tank Co
“I’m the last one,” Straka said

That tank company was federalized and redesignated the 194th Tank Battalion The battalion was the first tank unit in the far east before World War II

Peck, Straka and their fellow soldiers fought and held defense positions on the Bataan peninsula of the Philippiines until US forces were ordered to surrender on April 9, 1942 A state of Minnesota proclamation issued last year noted that nearly 10,000 US and Filipino troops died during the 60-mile death march to Camp O’Donnell

Of the original 82 officers and men of the 34th Tank Co who left Brainerd 64 accompanied the 194th overseas Three were killed in action and 29 died as POWs Only 32 survived to return to Brainerd at the end of World War II
Ken Porwoll, another survivor of the death march was originally from Brainerd but has lived in Roseville for many years

“He was a good guy,” Porwoll said of Peck

Peck had lived at the nursing home in recent years and suffered several strokes, his wife said last fall In earlier interviews with the Brainerd Dispatch Peck recounted how as a Japanese POW he had contracted malaria, was beaten, worked to exhaustion and was malnourished to a point where he weighed only 80 pounds

“I didn’t give up hope,” he said in a 2003 interview “I wanted to live We knew they (the allies) were coming but they were damn slow”

Services will be 2 pm Friday at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Pastor Mark Kleckner officiating Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd and one hour before the services at the church on Friday Burial will be in Lake Edward Cemetery

Article source

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."

Article archive