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Bataan Death March: A Soldier's Story

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"I salute the author for writing his story; doing so must have caused him many a restless night and not a few tears. He has served all his fellow POWs well by writing this book. I recommend it to anyone."
-The Quan, American Defenders of Bataan & Corridor, Inc.

In Bataan Death March: A Soldier's Story, author James Bollich provides a chilling, eyewitness account of this gruesome chapter of World War II history. Captured when America surrendered the Philippines' Bataan peninsula, Bollich survived three and a ...

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Overview

"I salute the author for writing his story; doing so must have caused him many a restless night and not a few tears. He has served all his fellow POWs well by writing this book. I recommend it to anyone."
-The Quan, American Defenders of Bataan & Corridor, Inc.

In Bataan Death March: A Soldier's Story, author James Bollich provides a chilling, eyewitness account of this gruesome chapter of World War II history. Captured when America surrendered the Philippines' Bataan peninsula, Bollich survived three and a half years' imprisonment by the Japanese. From the horrors of the Death March to the cruel deprivations of prison life, he maintained his will to survive even as his comrades fell beside him and his body wasted to fewer than one hundred pounds.

Author James Bollich left the University of Southwestern Louisiana to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps. After the war, he completed his bachelor's degree and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue geological research at the University of Queensland, Australia. Bollich worked as a subsurface petroleum geologist until his retirement in 1986. A recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, he and his wife, Celia, live in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589801677
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 357,320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Bollich completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to do geological research at the University of Queensland, Australia. A retired geologist and a recipient of the Daughters of the Revolution Medal of Honor, he lives with his wife, Celia, in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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Table of Contents

1. Entering the Service 19
2. The Philippine Islands 31
3. The Enemy Comes 37
4. Arrival in Bataan 44
5. March Out of Bataan 72
6. Camp O'Donnell 87
7. Bridge Detail 99
8. Cabanatuan 103
9. The Ship 106
10. Pusan, Korea 114
11. Mukden, Manchuria 119
12. The Factory 128
13. New Camp 135
14. Air Raids 152
15. Guardhouse 162
16. Diary of James Joseph Bollich P.O.W. 169
17. The Russian Encounter 181
18. Leaving Mukden 189
19. Aboard Ship 191
20. Okinawa 197
21. Manila 200
22. Across the Pacific 203
23. San Francisco 206
24. San Antonio 208
25. Going Home 211
26. Discharged 215
Maps
1. The Philippine Island of Luzon 32
2. Enlarged portion of Luzon Island showing Bataan Peninsula 43
Figures
1. Tropical uniforms issued at Fort McKinley 33
2. Bivouacked in coconut grove at Lipa 40
3. Author is slightly wounded by exploding bomb, which killed American soldier in nearby foxhole 49
4. In machine-gun position at Cabcabin Field 50
5. Cabcabin Field being attacked by Japanese dive-bomber 55
6. Bataan falls to the Japanese 71
7. American soldiers on Death March out of Bataan 74
8. Exhausted American prisoner being beaten by Japanese soldier 75
9. Dead American prisoner on Death March 77
10. American prisoner being beaten with wine bottle 80
11. Prisoners being shot as they rush artesian well for much-needed water 81
12. Prisoner drinking out of polluted mud hole 84
13. Only a trickle of water for an endless line of thirsty men 89
14. Hordes of large green flies at Camp O'Donnell 91
15. Burial detail at Camp O'Donnell 93
16. Grave-digging detail at Camp O'Donnell 94
17. American prisoners being executed for attempted escape 97
18. Overworked bridge detail at Gapan 100
19. Burial detail at Cabanatuan 104
20. Washed down with fire hoses on pier at Formosa 111
21. Being pulled from the ship's hole at Pusan, Korea 113
22. Marching to factory from old camp in Mukden, Manchuria 123
23. Having teeth pulled at new prison camp in Mukden 140
24. New camp bombed by American B-29 planes 154
25. Serving time in guardhouse 164
26. Food and clothing being dropped by American planes 179
27. Unpleasant encounter with Russian soldier 185
28. Challenging Japanese officer on horseback 188
29. Mine-damaged ship floundering in typhoon off Okinawa 193
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