Was Clayton Franklin Howell famous? Not necessarily. But he was a hero. A survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March, Clayton died as a prison of war during WWII. The federal government asked his mother, Mary Margaret Neatherlin Howell, if she wanted his body returned to the U.S.; she said yes, and was later delivered by train a small box containing his ashes. Clayton's parents (James Howell and Mary Howell) and two brothers (Andrew Mack Howell and Moral Earnest Howell) are also buried in the same cemetery.
A memorial was unveiled in April, 2002 to honor the New Mexico military units that fought at Corregidor and who suffered the Bataan Death March. Clayton and his fellow soldiers from New Mexico were true heroes.
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