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Bataan death march survivor dies

A Second World War veteran recognised as the oldest living survivor of the Bataan death march has died at the age of 105.

His biographer, Kevin Moore, says Albert Brown was recognised as the oldest survivor of the deadly 65-mile trek at an annual survivors' convention in 2007. His granddaughter says he died Sunday in an Illinois nursing home.

Japanese soldiers forced Mr Brown and 78,000 other prisoners of war to march through the Philippines to a PoW camp in 1942. As many as 11,000 died.

But Mr Brown survived. When the war ended, he moved to California and rented properties to the era's biggest Hollywood stars.

Moore said that Brown's story of endurance and hope has as much relevance for today's wounded warriors as it did for Second World War veterans.

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