Hours after attacking Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers stormed across the Philippine city of Baguio, where seven-year-old Curt Tong, the son of American missionaries, hid with his classmates in the woods near his school. Three weeks later, Curt, his mother, and two sisters were among the nearly five hundred Americans who surrendered to the Japanese army in Baguio. Child of War is Tong's touching story of the next three years of his childhood as he endured fear, starvation, sickness, and separation from his father while interned in three different Japanese prison camps on the island of Luzon. Written by the adult Tong looking back on his wartime ordeal, it offers a rich trove of memories about internment life and camp experiences. Relegated first to the men's barracks at Camp John Hay, Curt is taken under the wing of a close family friend who is also the camp's civilian leader. From this vantage point, he is able to observe the running of the camp firsthand as the war continues and increasing numbers of Americans are imprisoned. Curt's days are occupied with work detail, baseball, and childhood adventures. Along with his mother and sisters, he experiences daily life under a series of camp commandants, some ruling with intimidation and cruelty but one, memorably, with compassion. In the last months of the war the entire family is finally reunited, and their ordeal ends when they are liberated from Manila's Bilibid Prison by American troops. Child of War is an engaging and thoughtful memoir that presents an unusual view of life as a World War II internee--that of a young boy. It is a valuable addition to existing wartime autobiographies and diaries and contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the Pacific War and its impact on American civilians in Asia. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Not quite a year after graduating from the Massachusetts Nautical School (MNS) on September 23, 1941, and just ten months into World War II, Capt. George Duffy's good fortune came to an end, when his ship, the American Leader, was sunk by a German commerce raider. George and forty-six of his shipmates were plucked out of the South Atlantic Ocean and taken prisoner. This book relates his two spartan years on the Nantucket [training ship], the next rewarding year on the American Leader, and covers three years as prisoner on two German warships, and in ten Japanese labor camps scattered over the southeast Asian islands of Java, Singapore, and Sumatra. In addition, a parallel tale recounts the life and career of a young German naval officer, Konrad Hoppe, who served on George's nemesis, the Hsk Michael.
"The true story of U.S. Marine Edmond Babler who was forced to surrender during the early days of the U.S. involvement in World War II when the fortress Island of Corregidor fell to the Japanese. ... this manuscript, transcribed from his own narrative, is Ed's story from the time he joined the Marine Corps until his return from 1,220 days of brutal captivity in Japanese prisoner of war camps."--Cover.
1st ed. - [Novato, Calif.] : Presidio ; New York : Ballantine Books, 2003.
Book — xvi, 301 p. : ill., maps ; 18 cm.
The chilling World War II memoir of Marine Sergeant Charles Jackson describes the fierce battle for Corregidor, his capture in 1942 by the Japanese, and his horrifying three-year ordeal in a POW camp as a prisoner of the Japanese.
Scott Field to Hawaii, April 7, 1937, to September 3,
Clark Field, Philippines, September 3, 1941, to December 24,
Bataan to Malabang, December 24, 1941, to April 20,
PBY flying boats, April 20, 1942, to May 1,
Under general fort, May 1, 1942, to May 27,
Surrender and death march, May 26, 1942, to July 11,
Malaybalay, July 18, 1942, to September 30,
Transport to Japan, September 30, 1942, to November 12,
In the care of Doc Curtin, Porky, and a guard, November 12, 1942, to April 20,
Master Sergeant Shiozawa, April 20, 1943, to September 16,
My friendly factory boss, September 16, 1943, to December 31,
Never enough to eat, January 1, 1944, to October 31,
Early B-29 raids, November 1, 1944, to January 17,
An easier mood, January 17, 1945, to February 25,
Incendiary bombing, February 25, 1945, to June 1,
Sgt. Mizuno, June 1, 1945, to July 1,
Hidatchi, July 2, 1945, to July 17,
Destruction of Hidatchi, July 18, 1945, to August 14,
Peace, August 15, 1945, to September 8, 1945.
This work - the story of Herbert Zincke's survival - is drawn from the secret diary he managed to keep out of his Japanese captors' hands. Zincke recollects being spared death by the Japanese camp commander's samurai sword, the diet of rice and thin soup that resulted in drastic weight loss and an inability to do the required factory work, the POW British doctor who attended the prisoners and was frequently beaten because of his constant efforts to keep the sick men from going to work, and many of the other terrible conditions and experiences he endured during three years of imprisonment. (source: Nielsen Book Data)