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NMSU's ROTC takes third place at Bataan Memorial Death March

New Mexico State University's ROTC took third place in the College ROTC Light Division at the Bataan Memorial Death March held April 18.

"All the guys were exceptional," ROTC light team captain Alfredo Rodriguez said. "Despite of a couple of injuries after the 18 mile mark, we still hung on to third. Crossing the finish line was exhilarating."

NMSU's ROTC light team raced through sand pits, hills, roads and desert trails. They wore camouflage uniforms and combat boots with light equipment which includes two canteens, suspenders, ammo pouches, a compass, a first aid pack and a pistol belt.

Light team members, including Rodriguez, are Jason Richards, Jonathan Velasquez, Lee Greene and Abel Rodriguez, who each received medals for their accomplishment.

Karyn Lujan
April 27, 1999