Bataan Death March survivor from Lynchburg dies at age 100

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) People in our region are mourning the death of a well-known military veteran.

George Rogers was a Japanese prisoner during World War II. He survived the Bataan Death March, an incident where prisoners were forced to endure a 75-mile journey with beatings and no food.

When he returned to the United States in 1945, Rogers weighed only 85 pounds. Because of the torture he suffered, he wasn't expected to live past the age of 45 or father children. He beat that projection, fathering five children and enjoying a long career at Liberty University.

In 2015 at the age of 96, Rogers returned to Japan at the invitation of the Japanese government for a visit that emphasized reconciliation. He and eight other veterans who attended the trip laid flowers for their fellow service members who perished while in captivity. At the time Rogers said he had "no hard feelings" toward Japan.

Rogers died last week at the age of 100. His funeral will be held this weekend at Thomas Road Baptist Church.