Bataan POW Fought
for Veterans' Rights
ALBUQUERQUE -- Agapito "Gap" Silva, a survivor of the infamous World War II Bataan Death March, is being remembered by his family and friends as an advocate for veterans rights.
Silva's family said he died Sunday, June 17th, 2007 possibly as a complication of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 87.
Silva and about 1,800 other New Mexicans were captured by the Japanese
after the fall of Bataan in the Philippines in 1942. He was a prisoner of war for three
years and was made to work as a slave laborer in a coal plant.
Silva is survived by his wife, Socorro Silva; sons Jerome, Fred, Michael, Agapito Jr. and Maurice; daughters Patricia and Erlinda; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services are planned for Thursday at St. Therese Catholic Church in
Albuquerque. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
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