TERRY WADSWORTH WARNE drew on her childhood experiences as a prisoner of war to focus on helping children as an adult. Terry served as a foster parent for drug babies and abused, neglected children for 22 years in California. She received many awards in recognition of her service. In Utah, Governor Michael Leavitt presented her with a Mother of the Year Award. She was active in Scouting for 25 years and is a Silver Beaver. Terry currently lives in South Jordan, Utah.
Terry: The Inspiring Story of a Little Girl's Survival as a POW During WWIIby Terry Wadsworth Warne
As a young child, Terry Wadsworth’s days were full of happiness and adventure. Her father grew pineapples in the rich, dark, soil on a remote plateau at the edge of the Philippine jungle, and life---like the golden pineapples—was sweet. She had a little pony and lived in a beautiful compound that the
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We surrendered. Now, we had to survive!
As a young child, Terry Wadsworth’s days were full of happiness and adventure. Her father grew pineapples in the rich, dark, soil on a remote plateau at the edge of the Philippine jungle, and life---like the golden pineapples—was sweet. She had a little pony and lived in a beautiful compound that the company had built. The only threats to her edenic life were the occasional cobra or python---that is, until a much fiercer enemy struck 5,000 miles away at Pearl Harbor. Within hours of the surprise attack in Hawaii, the Japanese military launched a similar assault on the Philippine Islands and began their campaign to overtake the American Protectorate, with Terry and her family on the dangerous battlefront. Soon the peaceful skies above their paradisiacal home were swarming with military war machines. General Douglas MacArthur and family, Philippine President Manuel Quezon and family, plus many other important people hid from the Japanese in Terry’s remote home as they secretly left the Philippines for Australia. As the fighting intensified, Terry’s family abandoned their home to hide in the dense mountain jungle and wait for an opportunity to escape to Australia. But when the Japanese pushed the American forces into retreat, Terry and her family found themselves with only one option. Surrender!
This is a story of survival in spite of disease, starvation, and death’s beckoning. Terry’s unconquerable spirit as an eight-to eleven- year-old prisoner of war is a reminder that even in the most deplorable circumstances, life is what you make of it. Amazing!
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite In "Terry", Terry Wadsworth Warne has written a vivid account of her entrapment in the events of World War II. Born and raised in the Philippines, she had an idyllic life until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As America was unable to evacuate all the Americans on the islands, many were forced to flee to places of hiding, only to be discovered or forced to surrender. They were then put in camps under severe conditions of starvation and hardship. The author and her family appeared to take the initiative toward a productive survival mode as soon as danger presented. The father and the mother were resourceful and so the child was taught a positive attitude in which whatever was available would help them to "make due." Because of their firm belief in rescue, they were able to hang on in the most adverse of conditions for three long years. Moved from one camp to another, they finally ended up in Manilla. At the moment of rescue, many were killed and others severely injured but Terry and her parents never gave up. They steadfastly maintained a firm belief in the military rescue which eventually came. This is a story of triumph, tragedy, stamina and tenacity in the face of unrelenting hardship. It is a story to motivate those who feel wronged and to inspire those needing strength and perseverance. We all need to remember what happened. We all need to remember the sacrifices made by this country in order that freedom prevailed. Terry gives us just such an opportunity. You will not be disappointed.