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Title: Baby of Bataan: Memoir of a 14 Year Old Soldier in World War II
Author: Joseph Quitman Johnson
A sweet musty tropical smell hung over the city of Manila in the spring of 1941 It was a city of warm monsoon winds, cold San Miguel beer, cabarets, and slender girls with hinting eyes It was a plum duty station for professional soldiers and sailors, and many made a career there In early 1941, Joseph Quitman Johnson enlisted in the U.S.Army This memoir relates how heA sweet musty tropical smell hung over the city of Manila in the spring of 1941 It was a city of warm monsoon winds, cold San Miguel beer, cabarets, and slender girls with hinting eyes It was a plum duty station for professional soldiers and sailors, and many made a career there In early 1941, Joseph Quitman Johnson enlisted in the U.S.Army This memoir relates how he was thrown in with these older professional soldiers during the pre war days of duty in Manila It tells of his courage and bravery in the defense of Bataan, how he escaped the Death March to fight on the beaches of Corregidor, and finally his imprisonment in Japanese prisoner of war camps It tells of forced labor, cruelty, disease, of surviving the sinkings of hell ships en route to Japan, and of working in condemned coal mines It tells of the coming of age of a boy who joined the Army when he was only 14 years old This story recounts actual incidents and events that occurred in his life Many events were tragic, some heartless and inhumane This is the story of two cultures at odds with the other, each at times unbending Joseph Quitman Johnson lived this story and each of these events He began this saga in 1941 at the tender age of 14 when he joined the Army For whatever reason, fate chose him as one of those who was to survive these many ordeals He was finally to taste freedom at the age of 19 when the war ended This is a true story, his memoir This is the story of an underage American soldier who grew up on the battlefields of Bataan and Corregidor and the Japanese prisoner of war slave labor camps in the Philippines and Japan His hometown newspaper named him the Baby of Bataan.