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Remembering Bataan Death March survivor W. Nathan Peery

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William Nathan Peery, was born and raised in Dalhart. He was a 1935 Dalhart High School graduate.  He worked for years for Down Town Cleaners before entering the Army in September 1940. He was inducted at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas in March 1941, trained at Fort Warren, Wyo. until June then went to Fort Douglas at Salt Lake City.
In October he was sent to San Francisco’s Fort McDowell. On October 27, 1941 he sailed to the Philippines, arriving just before Pear Harbor.
He was first imprisoned in the Philippines until sometime between November 1944 and May 1945. He was moved to Osaka, Japan. He was one of the survivors of the Bataan Death March that began on April 10, 1942 when the Japanese took 78,000 prisoners on this march. There were 12,000 U.S. prisoners and 66,000 Philippinoes.

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