Tom McDill of Custer, a Bataan Death March survivor and POW for more than three years, was forced to work in Japanese coal mines. He and Mrs. McDill attended the meeting on August 14, 2010, along with three other POWs (Had Taylor, Charlie Anderson, Eddie Kodet), all of whom have since passed. This story appeared in Military magazine, April, 2006. He died on April 29, 2015. obit (“McDill enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1940, where he arrived in the Philippine Islands with the 409th Signal Company Aviation. When the United States surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942, after the Battle of Bataan, McDill survived the 65-mile Bataan Death March, was imprisoned at Camp Cabanatuan, transported to Japan on "hell ships "and forced to work in a copper mine. After spending three years as a POW, McDill was liberated on Sept, 13, 1945. Upon his recovery, McDill continued his career in the Air Force through the Korean and Vietnam wars. On April 2, 2013, Senator Tim Johnson presented McDill with numerous medals, including the Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Defense Medal, Honorable Service Medal, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal and Bronze Star.")
The father of Mike Boehm (Rapid City) was also on the Bataan Death March.