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100 Miles to Freedom: The Epic Story of the Rescue of Santo Tomas and the Liberation of Manila: 1943-1945

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In 100 Miles to Freedom, U.S. Marine Bob Holland tells the story of the release of 3,700 American civilian prisoners of the Japanese at Santo Tomas University Internment Camp in Manila, the Philippines. Until their miraculous rescue on February 3, 1945, these civilians had been interned for more than three and a half years. This wartime account is complete with interviews of several prisoners describing their experiences and hardships in the camp, as well as black-and-white photos depicting Marines and prisoners ...

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100 Miles to Freedom: The Epic Story of the Rescue of Santo Tomas and the Liberation of Manila: 1943-1945

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In 100 Miles to Freedom, U.S. Marine Bob Holland tells the story of the release of 3,700 American civilian prisoners of the Japanese at Santo Tomas University Internment Camp in Manila, the Philippines. Until their miraculous rescue on February 3, 1945, these civilians had been interned for more than three and a half years. This wartime account is complete with interviews of several prisoners describing their experiences and hardships in the camp, as well as black-and-white photos depicting Marines and prisoners during this tumultuous event in history. Discover why Brigadier General Robert E. Galer says that through this book, we can know and better appreciate what our proud and dedicated generation of true Americans did for our country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596527751
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 981,303
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Holland enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942 after holding a position at the San Antonio Air Depot. After the war, he worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California. He then worked in government procurement for the U. S. Navy in Washington, D. C., and later for several government contractors across the United States. He was a recognized authority on the subject of Government Contract Terminations and published two comprehensive manuals on this subject. He retired from Motorola, Inc., in 1986 and formed his own management consulting company. He now resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Table of Contents

Foreword x

Preface xiv

Acknowledgments xxiii

Prologue 1

1 Introduction to World War II in the South Pacific 6

Island Hopping 6

Landing on Bougainville Island 11

2 The Philippines Campaign 33

Landing at Lingayen Gulf 33

Preparations for the Manila Campaign 39

Marine Aviation Close Air Support 40

The Rescue of POWs at Cabanatuan 45

3 The Flying Column 47

On to Manila-100 Miles in 66 Hours 47

Release of Santo Tomas Internees 62

Hostage Situation 69

Japanese Shelling of Santo Tomas 74

Novaliches Watershed 80

4 The Philippine Islands Liberation 90

Completion of Luzon Campaign 90

Marine Air Support Commendations 93

5 Santo Tomas Internment Camp: The Internees' Own Stories 106

Edgar Mason Kneedler 108

Dorothy Khoury Howie 132

Sascha Jean Weinzheimer Jansen 137

Caroline Bailey Pratt 156

Peter Robert Wygle and Robert Howard Wygle 169

Mary Jane (Brooks) Morse 96

Lieutenant Colonel Madeline Ullom 209

Epilogue 231

The Rape of Manila 231

Lest We Forget 232

Appendix A Captain John Abbot Titcomb 235

Appendix B Captain Francis Richard Borroum (Frisco) Godolphin, USMCR 255

Notes 262

Bibliography 270

Index 273

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