Monday, March 28, 2005
Matt at BlackFive brings us news of Sergeant First Class Michael McNaughton and his participation Sunday in the annual Bataan Memorial March at White Sands Missile Range.
Former Walter Reed patient, Staff Sgt. Michael McNaughton (#1803), walks with Sgt. Robert Faulk (#1802) at the 16th annual Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico.
One generation of war heroes paid tribute to another Sunday at the 16th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.From the El Paso Times:
After marching 26 miles through gravel, sand and wind-blown dust, Sgt. 1st Class Michael McNaughton sprinted toward the finish line. He was one of five men, all amputees, sponsored by Walter Reed Army Medical Center, who participated in this year's march.
"I wanted to do this for the Bataan survivors," McNaughton said. "The sacrifices they made were incredible." Link.
It is a formidable athletic event -- a 26.2-mile marathon slog through sandy desert roads that tests the endurance of even the most seasoned athlete.
Among those taking the challenge was a team of veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq who had lost limbs while serving their country.
They've taken part in other athletic competitions, but Army Sgt. Mike McNaughton said before the memorial march that it may be one of the toughest.
"I lost a leg, but (the Bataan veterans) went through a hell of a lot more than I did. I'm doing this to honor them," McNaughton said. Link.
President George W. Bush and Laura Bush visit Army Staff Sergeant Michael McNaughton of Denham Springs, La., at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. Sgt. McNaughton was wounded in Afghanistan Jan. 9, 2003. The President and SSgt. McNaughton ran together at the White House Wednesday, April 14, 2004.
President George W. Bush runs with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael McNaughton, of Denham Springs, La., on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday, April 14, 2004. The two met January 17, 2003, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where SSgt. McNaughton was recovering from wounds sustained in Afghanistan. The President then wished SSgt. McNaughton a speedy recovery so that they might run together in the future.
We salute SFC McNaughton for his dedication and courage.