New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews from a television program on the Bataan Death March to the Library of Congress.
Sen. Tom Udall and the Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico asked New Mexico PBS last week to submit the footage from "Bataan: A 70th Anniversary Commemoration" to the library's permanent collection.
New Mexico PBS produced the program with Bataan survivors. That program aired Memorial Day 2012 and featured interviews with survivors Pedro "Pete" Gonzalez and Bill Overmier.
New Mexico PBS CEO Polly Anderson said the station was proud to share the interviews with the library.
The Bataan Death March was a forced six-day march during World War II by Japanese captors of 12,000 Americans and more than 66,000 Filipino prisoners across the Bataan peninsula. Thousands died in the march.
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