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First Captured, Last Freed: Memoirs of a P.O.W. in World War II Guam and Japan
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First Captured, Last Freed: Memoirs of a P.O.W. in World War II Guam and Japan

by Edward E. Hale
 

"War," says U.S. Navy officer Edward E. Hale, "brings out the best in the best and the worst in the worst." Hale was one of eighty U.S. servicemen captured in the first battle in the Pacific, Guam, December 8-10, 1941. The "eighty eight-balls" spent all of World War II in Japanese labor camps, not released until Japan officially surrendered on September 2,

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"War," says U.S. Navy officer Edward E. Hale, "brings out the best in the best and the worst in the worst." Hale was one of eighty U.S. servicemen captured in the first battle in the Pacific, Guam, December 8-10, 1941. The "eighty eight-balls" spent all of World War II in Japanese labor camps, not released until Japan officially surrendered on September 2, 1945. How did they endure, for nearly four years, the starvation diets, beriberi and other diseases, forced labor, harsh punishments, bitter cold, and deprivation of news from home? Only one of the eighty died in Japan, but they might all have perished if they had undergone another hard winter. Ed Hale tells their story with a keen eye for detail, an understanding of human nature, an amazing lack of bitterness, and a natural eloquence that makes the book inspiring. Ten years after the war, this career officer had come to love the Japanese people, who had also been victims of the Military. He wrote a farewell essay to Japanese civilians, thanking them for teaching him the virtues of patience and tolerance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881591122
Publisher:
Anacade Publishing Company, LLC
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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