Ryan Remembers the Janesville 99 on National Former POW Recognition Day
WASHINGTON, DC — Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, released the following statement on National Former POW Recognition Day.
“Today, we remember the Janesville 99, who are gone but not forgotten. These brave men were among the thousands subjected to the Bataan Death March and other countless atrocities. Many of them did not make it home. But these POWs served with valor, and they inspire us to this day.”
The Janesville 99 included Company “A” of the 192nd Tank Battalion during World War II. Only 35 of the 99 returned home to Wisconsin after the war, the last of whom passed away in 2012. Today marks the 74th anniversary of the surrender of American forces and the beginning of the Bataan Death March.
On April 9, 1988, President Ronald Reagan officially declared April 9th to be National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day.