Horyo: Memoirs of an American POW

Horyo Memoirs of an American POW On April defeated and hungry thousands of American and Filipino captives gatheres together in large fields near Mariveles at the southern tip of the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines Mass

  • Title: Horyo: Memoirs of an American POW
  • Author: Richard M. Gordon
  • ISBN: 9781557787811
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On April 9, 1942, defeated and hungry, thousands of American and Filipino captives gatheres together in large fields near Mariveles at the southern tip of the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines Mass confusion reigned, and when darkness fell, it became impossible to recognize anyone Friends were soon separated, in many cases never to see one another again.This book tellsOn April 9, 1942, defeated and hungry, thousands of American and Filipino captives gatheres together in large fields near Mariveles at the southern tip of the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines Mass confusion reigned, and when darkness fell, it became impossible to recognize anyone Friends were soon separated, in many cases never to see one another again.This book tells of the author s experience as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II Based on his own experience, the author states that life in any prisoner of war camp is a shattering experience, but Japanese prison camps far exceeded others in cruelty, barbarism, and outright murder of Allied soldiers captured throughout the Far East In the end the story serves as a reminder that the precepts of courage, devotion to duty, and sacrifice displayed by the men and women of Bataan, both Filipino and American, have not and will not become outmoded.

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    1. Horyo was the first book that I found on Mitsushima POW Camp - where my grandfather was a POW. While the lists of POWs at the back were useful for my research, it is sad that Al Gordon's accounts differed greatly with the other dozen veterans that I interviewed for my book. In many instances, Al 'borrowed' stories that he could not have witnessed as the people he describes were at another POW camp.It is a shame that Al felt that he needed to distort events as the experiences of those in Hiraoka [...]

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