Dr. John Browe
of Troy, who was taken as a POW at Bataan on April 9, 1942, and remained a prisoner for more than three years, delivered a solemn and halting 20-minute keynote speech in which he
military experiences. Browe
recalled a Japanese commander's first words at the time of his
capture: "You think you are the lucky ones.Your comrades died at Bataan.Well, they were the lucky ones." "I think he was right," said Browe, who was a medical corps first lieutenant for the Army Reserve.
The speech was an uncharacteristically personal one for Browe
, according to Lt.Gov.
"It's a tribute to him and his humility that he never wore his honor on his sleeve," Donohue said, calling Browe
"low-key, humble and community-oriented."
has been "on the sick list since September," and used a walker to get to and from the speaking podium.
...Browe, a medical doctor, was spared the brutal 65-mile Bataan death march that killed thousands of Allied soldiers in 1942.He
dedicated the first 10 minutes of his
address on Friday to honoring the late Richard "Dick" Gordon of Schenectady, who survived the Bataan march.
...Perkins became a carpenter and raised a family; Browe became director of the state Bureau of Nutrition at the state Health Department; and Edwards, remarkably, went on to fight in Korea and Vietnam.