Last Man Out: Glenn Mcdole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II

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On December 14, 1944, Japanese soldiers massacred 139 of the 150 American POWs held at Palawan Prison Camp 10A. This biography tells the story of Glenn ("Mac" McDole, one of the eleven young men who escaped and the last man out.
Beginning on December 8, 1941, at the U.S. Navy Yard barracks at Cavite, the story of this young Iowa Marine continues through the fighting on Crregidor, his capture by the Japanese Imperial Army in May 1942, his entry into the Palawan prison camp in the...
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Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II

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Overview

On December 14, 1944, Japanese soldiers massacred 139 of the 150 American POWs held at Palawan Prison Camp 10A. This biography tells the story of Glenn ("Mac" McDole, one of the eleven young men who escaped and the last man out.
Beginning on December 8, 1941, at the U.S. Navy Yard barracks at Cavite, the story of this young Iowa Marine continues through the fighting on Crregidor, his capture by the Japanese Imperial Army in May 1942, his entry into the Palawan prison camp in the Philippines on August 12, 1942, the vile conditions he and his comrades endured there, and the terrible day when 139 young soldiers were slaughtered.
The book offers details of the escapes of the few survivors- who dug into refuse piles, hid in coral caves, and slogged through swamp and jungle. It also contains an account of the war crimes trials of the Japanese guards, follow-ups on the various places and people in the text, and a roster of the names and hometowns of the victims of the Palawan massacre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418220
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2004
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 250,108
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Retired journalist and reporter Bob Wilbanks was vice president of editorial at Stover Publishing Company for ten years. He lives in Urbandale, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface 1
Prologue 4
1 Pearl Harbor 5
2 Surrender 20
3 On the Move 30
4 Palawan Island 45
5 Guerrilla Contact 59
6 An Unforeseen Threat 72
7 A Change of Command 84
8 Goodbye to Old Friends 98
9 Air Raid Shelters 105
10 The False Air Raid 112
11 The Swim 124
12 Freedom 134
13 Back Home 148
14 The Men 154
15 The Places 157
Epilogue 159
Sources 165
Index 167
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    A Must Read For Everyone

    An amazing book about some amazing American heroes. What these men survived made me go back and re-evaluate what I considered obstacles in my own life!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    A story that was never told

    Upon reading 'Last Man Out', I couldn't believe this happened. Mr. Wilbanks does an outstanding job of telling about the life of 'Mac' during WWII. This is one of the best books I have read on POW'S and what they endure while in captivity. I felt like 'Mac' and 'Smitty' were my family and I couldn't put the book down. I feel so bad for the families of the men who died on Palawan and what a terrible death they died. I will visit their grave in St. Louis and pray for these heroes. God Bless you Mr. McDole for telling your story, I'm sure it was not easy re-living this terrible time in your life...

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I knew of he atrocity many years ago but did not know there was a book about it. In reading this you wonder how much physical punishment a man could take. To live without enough food to keep you alive and then go out and do physical labor all day is amazing. And then add to the beatings the men received for any small infraction or for no reason at all. In the end the Japs try to cover up the murder of these men by burning them but enough get away to tell the story. In the end was justice served? You have to read it and see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Great understanding of the POW's of WWII

    This is a great and true explanation of what these POW's went through.. Everyone who has an interest in WWII history or knows someone who was there, this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    A Must Read

    I am very thankful to Mr. McDole for telling his story and in doing so also telling my grandfathers story. My grandfather only told my of the escape one time. I did not know the rest of story until reading this book. I couldn't put the book down. I think anyone interested in history and how it affects everyday people will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    Do Not for get the Past

    Wow how inhuman. I thank God for men like McDole. To come back and survive like that.....And they worry about how we are treating the Guantanamo Bay prisoners I could not put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    A book that truly defines heroism!!!

    This book makes you realize what a true American hero is all about. The things that Glenn McDole did throughout his days as a Marine will make you feel proud of our soldiers from yesterday and today. The book was extremely well written and tells details of WWII that most people did not know, and some that a few would like to forget. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. McDole and have him sign my copy of the book; this story only begins to tell of the true heroism and character of the man behind the story. I highly recommend for everyone to read this story and prepare to ride a roller coaster of emotions. Thanks to Bob Willbanks and also to Kathy McDole for the outstanding work they did to bring this book to us.

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