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NM survivor of Bataan Death March dies at 93

December 24, 2012 • State News


This undated photo provided by the Gutierrez family shows Pablo Gutierrez in uniform. Gutierrez was a lifelong Grant County resident who survived the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II and was among the last surviving members of his New Mexico National Guard unit who made it through the war. He died Dec. 17 in Silver City at age 93. (AP Photo/Gutierrez Family)

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Pablo Gutierrez, a lifelong Grant County resident who survived the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II and was among the last surviving members of his New Mexico National Guard unit who made it through the war, has died.

Gutierrez was 93 and died at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City on Dec. 17 after developing respiratory complications and pneumonia, daughter Rosemary Gutierrez said Sunday.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement calling Gutierrez a true American hero and real family man.

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