From medical school to the military, May 1939-December
The route to the Philippines, December 1940-February
Sternberg General Hospital in peacetime, February 1941-December
Sternberg at war, December 7, 1941-January 7,
General Hospital #2, Bataan, January 7, 1942-April 9,
Prisoners of the Japanese, April 9, 1942-June 1,
Cabanatuan I, June
Cabanatuan II, July 1942-December
Bilibid revisited, February
Enoura Maru, February-March
Camp Kamiso, Japan, March 1944-June
Camp Bibai, Japan, July 1945-August
"The grisly procession of dead had grown alarmingly...men who had endured the terrible ordeal of Bataan, who were 10,000 miles from home, and who then died in the most miserable conditions. For me, as a doctor, the most distressing thought was that they could have been saved, almost without exception, by proper diet and medical care." Imprisoned by the Japanese in 1942, Lieutenant John Bumgarner, U.S. Army Medical Corps, attempted to care for the survivors of the Bataan Death March. A lack of medical supplies, coupled with poor diet and unsanitary living conditions, made the task virtually impossible. Dr. Bumgarner was imprisoned until the Japanese surrender in 1945, all the while attending to his fellow prisoners of war who often had little chance of survival. His powerful story is a strong reminder of the brutality of war and captivity. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
When physical disability from combat wounds brought about Jim Stockdale's early retirement from military life, he had the distinction of being the only three-star officer in the history of the navy to wear both aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor. His writings have been many and varied, but all converge on the central theme of how man can rise with dignity to prevail in the face of adversity. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
St. Leonards, NSW, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 1993.
Book — xxiii, 179 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
A Sunday lament-- it's good being free-- too much of a good thing-- the most exciting day-- undreamed-of luxury-- a would-be correspondent-- finally, some money!-- all this mail!-- moving out-- in touch with things again-- this accursed lack of pence-- "you understand?"-- news from home!-- another anniversary apart-- free to shake the shackles-- we're well on the way!-- lost and found-- 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion prisoners of wars.
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This work tells how one prisoner of war prepared himself, mentally and physically, for his journey home after three and a half years of brutal captivity in Java, Burma and Thailand during World War II. Staff Sergeant Cecil Dickson was a member of the 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion, which was forced to surrender to the Japanese in March 1942. His engineering unit bore the heaviest work in constructing the Burma-Thailand railway. The author draws on Dickson's letters home to his wife, and on research and interviews with many surviving Pioneers, to paint a dramatic picture of prisoner-of-war life under the Japanese. Readers can discover what it felt like to emerge abruptly from one day's starvation to the next day's air-drops, and from being in regimented captivity to being in charge of one's own time again. Dickson's writings also provide a glimpse of one man's determination to free his mind from continued captivity by replacing bitter memories with the sights and sounds of post-war Bangkok, and with tender thoughts of reunion with loved ones. (source: Nielsen Book Data)