Hell's Guest

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"It was the 1930s in southern Alabama where cotton and cornfields were the backdrop of my childhood stage. I was growing up just like everyone else-wrapped in a simple and predictable way of life. Folks were the same, weather was the same, the calendar was the same. It was such an uncomplicated time that I could never have imagined that in just a few short years the entire world would be engulfed in war and that I would be caught in the middle of it. Where I lived in Lowndes County, events in Europe and Asia, as menacing as they were, seemed
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"It was the 1930s in southern Alabama where cotton and cornfields were the backdrop of my childhood stage. I was growing up just like everyone else-wrapped in a simple and predictable way of life. Folks were the same, weather was the same, the calendar was the same. It was such an uncomplicated time that I could never have imagined that in just a few short years the entire world would be engulfed in war and that I would be caught in the middle of it. Where I lived in Lowndes County, events in Europe and Asia, as menacing as they were, seemed light-years away. I would soon discover that they were not so far away after all."
So begins this powerful memoir about a teenage boy who, during the summer of 1941 after his high school graduation, realizes he's in love with a 16-year-old beautiful brunette he has known since first grade. In the heat of a grief-stricken and passion-filled moment, however, he makes an impulsive decision that will change his life in a dark and cruel way. Running away from home, he falsifies his age and hurriedly joins the Army, telling none of his family or friends. Within a month, he is halfway around the world, stationed in the Philippines, propelled into manhood, and all too soon engaged in horrific combat against the Japanese.
After months of fierce fighting, Frazier's heart is broken and his mind is numb as he watches while Old Glory is lowered and replaced by the Japanese flag of the Rising Sun. Overnight everything changes and his freedom, along with the freedom of thousands of others, instantly disappears. During the next seven nights and six days, and for 90 miles, he is subjected to the unspeakable and inhumane horrors of the infamous Bataan Death March. But that is just the beginning. Frazier becomes a shell of a man as he suffers three and a half years of brutal and unmerciful treatment as a prisoner of war in the Philippines and later in Japan.
In Hell's Guest, Colonel Frazier shares his dreadful experiences most poignantly, including the endless agony of torture, slave labor, solitary confinement, starvation, lack of adequate clothing against the elements of the weather, and all types of other abuse. At the same time, his hatred for the Japanese grows into an all-consuming force, and someday, if he survives, he is determined to get even. This captivating story doesn't end with the surrender of the Japanese army. Frazier will eventually return home yet still remain a prisoner of his own bitterness and anger-enemies that will continue to inflict wounds that no doctors can heal.
This compelling story cannot be put down until the last chapter is read and true freedom and peace are regained. "Colonel Frazier's story of survival makes him a hero-his story of forgiveness makes him a legend!" (Timothy Frost, retired Staff Sergeant, United States Army)
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PBS Documentary - Ken Burns
Colonel Glenn Frazier’s harrowing and heroic story is a constant reminder that the Second World War wasn’t the “good war” of our subsequent mythologizing, but the worst war ever, where young men from the heartland sacrificed their innocence, and often a whole lot more, to create the world we now enjoy. Frazier’s experience, told here in this remarkable book, is at once ironic, courageous, horrifying, and ultimately redeeming.He tells it straight from the heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936554164
  • Publisher: eGen Co. LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 637,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Col. Glenn D. Frazier, US Army Pacific Theater, served from July 3, 1941 to December 6, 1945 United States Army Reserve, Six years,4 Months US. Army Ordinance School, Manila, Philippines Prisoner of war from April 9, 1942 to September 4, 1945 and survivor of the Bataan Death March.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    Inspiring story of human struggle and perseverance in the face of unbelievable cruelty and hardship, and ultimately, forgivness.

    I met this gentleman in January '14 in the museum shop at the USS Alabama Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. I spent about 45 minutes talking with him of his experiences and was moved enough to buy his autographed book.
    He writes of the early days of the pacific war and his attempts to contribute to the war effort and then his 3-1/2 years as a Japanese POW. The hardship and mental anguish lasted long after the end of the war, and was nearly the end of him, until spiritual guidance allowed Col. Frazier to forgive and move ahead to a fulfilling life.
    A wonderful story of the power of the human mind.

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