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From Author’s Note: Dozens if not hundreds of books have been written about the Bataan Death March. The ones I found and read are all fascinating. The suffering and heroism of those soldiers is difficult to imagine, then or now, some seventy-five years later. === The Bannings were farmers and landowners, but they were workers, not gentrified planters with decadent lives made possible by the sweat of others. === To those who knew them, the Bannings were thought to be cold and distant, devoid of warmth and rarely emotional. This was true but not intentional; they had simply been raised that way.