"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.
On December 14, 1944, Japanese soldiers massacred 139 of 150 American POWs. This biography tells the story of Glenn ("Mac") McDole, one of eleven young men who escaped and the last man out of Palawan Prison Camp 10A. Beginning on December 8, 1941, at the U.S. Navy Yard barracks at Cavite, the story of this young lowan soldier continues through the fighting on Corregidor, the capture and imprisonment by the Japanese Imperial Army in May 1942, Mac's entry into the Palawan prison camp in the Philippines on August 12, 1942, the terrible conditions he and his comrades endured in the camps, and the terrible day when 139 young soldiers were slaughtered. The work details the escapes of the few survivors as they dug into refuse piles, hid in coral caves, and slogged through swamp and jungle to get to supportive Filipinos. It also contains an account and verdicts of the war crimes trials of the Japanese guards, follow-ups on the various places and people referred to in the text, with descriptions of their present situations, and a roster of the names and hometowns of the victims of the Palawan massacre. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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.
A searing memoir of World War II, this is the story of one man's survival of the brutal slave-labor conditions that inspired the classic book and film Bridge over the River Kwai. Loet Velmans was seventeen in 1940 when the Germans invaded his native Holland. He and his family immediately made a daring escape to London, just barely managing to board the only refugee boat to leave from their local harbor. Once in London, however, they decided to relocate to the Far East, further from Hitler's reach. Only dimly aware of the aggressive Japanese Pacific campaign, they sailed to the Dutch East Indies -- now Indonesia -- where Loet joined the army. In March 1942 the Japanese invaded the archipelago and conquered it in a week. Along with all local Dutch soldiers, Loet was sent to Changi, a prison in Singapore built for 600, but now housing 10,000. Despite dire shortages and overcrowding, Loet discovered a resourcefulness he hardly knew he possessed, acclimating to the harsh conditions and forming bonds of cooperation with British, American, Dutch, and Australian POWs, all trying to endure the increasingly cruel and inhuman behavior of their Japanese captors. Over the next three and a half years Loet and his fellow POWs were shipped "up country" to a series of slave labor camps, where they were forced to build a railroad through the dense jungle on the Burmese-Thailand border. The Japanese planned to use the railroad to invade and conquer India. Completely ignoring the Geneva Convention regulations for the treatment of POWs, the guards forced Loet and his fellow captives to build this "Railroad of Death," as it came to be called, in an unreasonable eighteen months, stretching some three hundred miles through impossible jungle. More than 200,000 POWs and slave laborers died over the course of the backbreaking work. Loet, though suffering from malaria, dysentery, malnutrition, and unspeakable mistreatment, never gave up hope, and ultimately survived to tell his tale. Almost sixty years later he returned to Thailand, to revisit the place where he should have died, and to walk across the ground where he had personally buried his closest friend. Out of that emotional visit came this gripping account of survival under appalling conditions, a book that will take its place as a classic beside The Diary of Anne Frank, Bridge over the River Kwai, and Edith's Story.
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)
Book — xiii, 272 p.,  p. of plates : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Describes the brutal ordeal of U.S. Naval Corpsman Estel Myers as a POW aboard the infamous Japanese prison ship Oryoku Maru during World War II, detailing the suffocation, malnutrition, torture, disease, and other hardships that claimed the lives of more than three quarters of the prisoners. Origin. (source: Nielsen Book Data)