WWII Philippines in Today's News Nov 14, 2011 12:42:06 GMT -5
Post by friscohare on Nov 14, 2011 12:42:06 GMT -5
It was a very emotional moment for Beverly Hart, the assistant principal at Flanagan-Cornell High School, as she handed Merle Ferguson, a U.S. Navy veteran, two binders with copies of 27 letters written by Flanagan students about his brother, John Ferguson, who was captured by the Japanese and walked the entire 70-mile Bataan Death March only to die later in a P.O.W. camp.
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(Pontiac Daily Leader, 11/13/11) [...] Merle Ferguson, a U.S. Navy veteran and John Ferguson’s younger brother, was in attendance at the Flanagan assembly and he received two binders full of letters written by Flanagan students to the Ferguson family. John Ferguson, a Gridley resident who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was captured by the Japanese and walked the entire 70-mile Bataan Death March only to die later on in a P.O.W. camp.
“This was a day of closure for me. We didn’t have any for so many years and the Purple Heart (awarded just last year) was also able to bring closure,” said Ferguson. “These little small towns give a lot to the people who live there and it’s been a long journey to get to this point, but I am sure I will enjoy these letters from young students who know something about what has made it possible for them to have the schooling and life that they have today.”
Ferguson said he was very surprised to receive the letters from students at today’s assembly.
“I think it would have meant a lot to my mother to be presented with this,” said Ferguson. “It’s been 69 years. There have been a lot of generations since then. My bother, who wasn’t able to be here, will get one of these books as well and I will pass this on to the rest of our family.”
Hart said a lot of the letters the children wrote were very touching and powerful to her.
“I think some of the letters are so powerful and I think the kids were able to relate to what they saw,” said Hart.
“That is powerful stuff and it made for wonderful teaching moments.”
(Mr. John L. Ferguson served with the 28th Materiel Squadron, 20th Air Base Group)