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Roswell author to receive Congressional Recognition

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Dorothy (Cave) Aldrich is going to be honored on March 9, 6 to 9 p.m., at the American Legion Post 28, 1620 N. Montana Ave.

Aldrich will receive Congressional Recognition for her work as a historian and author from the United States House of Representatives, the city of Roswell and the American Legion Post 28. The New Mexico National Guard will present the colors.

Organizer and spokesperson Bob Power said that Congressman Steve Pearce told him that he is planning to attend.

“Dorothy Aldrich is still sharp as a tack,” Power said. “She is 90 going on 39. Honoring her is a historic moment in Roswell history.”

Dorothy Aldrich has achieved literary credits under her pen name Dorothy Cave, which includes two Southwest Writers’ Awards, the Simon Scanlon Award and the International Literary Award. She has served as historical consultant for two film documentaries on the Battle of Bataan and the ensuing POW experience, and appears in both films as commentator. The book “Beyond Courage” about the Bataan Death March is based on her research that took her to the Philippines and back with interviews, diaries, testimonies, theses, correspondence and memoirs that Aldrich meticulously gathered from survivors and witnesses. This book, now a classic, is widely regarded as the definitive volume on the subject.

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The book follows the members of a small unit, the Old Two Hon’erd, of New Mexico National Guardsmen, the only unit that remained intact after the Japanese attacked. The New Mexico unit were the last to lay down arms. The Bataan Death March followed.

The evening at the American Legion includes Tom Blake singing the National Anthem, brisket dinner with Blake performing dinner music and the awards presentation. Guests will be able to meet the author and purchased signed books, including “Beyond Courage.”

For more information, or tickets, call Bob Power at 575-420-6394.