The Rev. Ted Howden was a chaplain in the 200th army division that was captured in the Philippines and forced to march “some 65 miles from Mariveles, on the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula, to San Fernando. The men were divided into groups of approximately 100, and what became known as the Bataan Death March typically took each group around five days to complete. The exact figures are unknown, but it is believed that thousands of troops died because of the brutality of their captors, who starved and beat the marchers, and bayoneted those too weak to walk.”1 “Chappy,” as he was known, did his best to attend to the spiritual needs of men in extreme distress. In the end he gave up his own rations to others who he believed needed them more, causing his own demise. He died on December 11th, 1942, was buried in a POW cemetery in the Philippines. After the war his remains were moved to a cemetery in Albuquerque, NM. The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande has petitioned the National Episcopal Church to put him on our liturgical calendar for December 11th.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.“2
2John 15:13 (NIV)