Bataan Death March Survivor's Lessons for Life

Bataan Death March Survivor's Lessons for Life
Presented by Spartan Training®

This may be the most important interview in Spartan Up history. The story Dan Crowley, a 96-year-old WWII POW, survivor of the horrific Bataan Death March, and a delightful man. Faced with unfathomable torture, he is truly one of the most resilient, remarkable and optimistic human beings we have had the privilege to meet. This extended episode tells a dark tale in the world’s history, of the Bataan Death March, yet, his smiling jovial face shows the true and utter strength, grit and resolve of our species. It was our honor to be able to capture this important story and share it with all of you.

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Lessons Learned From Surviving the Bataan Death March

- Persistence of hope is key
- Whatever has happened, there is still joy to be had
- Believe in yourself
- Be a role model
- Use the way your impacted to positively impact the world
- Live your life knowing you will survive
- Humor can be a powerful tool for healing


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0:00 Hosts Colonel Nye, Johnny Waite, Marion Abrams and guest Dr. Lara Pence introduce this powerful interview

2:34 Col Nye introduces the history behind the Bataan Death March

4:00 Joe DeSena interview with Dan Crowley begins

7:00 making his way to the Philippines

13:00 attack on Nichols Base in Manilla

15:00 sailing to Bataan Peninsula

17:00 defending Bataan against the Japanese

21:00 an untenable position

22:25 the night of April 9th - a long swim

28:00 CHOMPS.COM break

29:00 31 Habits of the Healthiest Spartan

30:48 Joe DeSena interview with Dan Crowley continues - “the need to endure”

33:00 trapped in a 3 acre cesspool - “becoming valuable enough to be given the right to live”

35:00 slave labor work detail

36:45 building an airfield without machinery & beaten with clubs (nicknamed vitamin sticks)

38:00 almost beaten to the point of death

39:30 Jerry the “Executioner”

43:20 being deemed “unfit for labor” & sent to Japan

46:45 sailing from Brooklyn army base

47:00 The lowest point

48:45 Going home - the Readjustment Period

51:00 trying to get a job once home

53:15 Johnny Waite, Colonel Nye, Marion Abrams and guest Dr. Lara Pence discuss this remarkable interview

1:05:00 CHOMPS.COM close 


Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Colonel Nye, Marion Abrams and guest Dr. Lara Pence

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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