Bataan Diary: An American Family in World War II, 1941-1945

Bataan Diary An American Family in World War II With Pearl Harbor in shambles the United States Army surrendered to the Japanese on Bataan and American and Filipino servicemen became prisoners of war However about Americans slipped in

  • Title: Bataan Diary: An American Family in World War II, 1941-1945
  • Author: Chris Schaefer
  • ISBN: 9780976108405
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With Pearl Harbor in shambles, the United States Army surrendered to the Japanese on Bataan, and 70,000 American and Filipino servicemen became prisoners of war However, about 200 Americans slipped into the jungle to continue the fight and await the return of General Douglas MacArthur For three years the Japanese hunted these men down, capturing or killing than halWith Pearl Harbor in shambles, the United States Army surrendered to the Japanese on Bataan, and 70,000 American and Filipino servicemen became prisoners of war However, about 200 Americans slipped into the jungle to continue the fight and await the return of General Douglas MacArthur For three years the Japanese hunted these men down, capturing or killing than half of them Bataan Diary is the true story of Frank R Loyd and a small group of men who refused to surrender to the Japanese They endured terrible diseases, starvation, and a Japanese manhunt to capture them Aided by Filipino farmers and the Manila underground, they lived by their wits and their survival skills Ultimately, they joined the guerrilla band of Corporal John Boone to help defeat the Japanese It is also the story of their families at home in the United States, who supported the war effort, worked in government jobs, and raised their families alone not knowing if their men were dead or alive Frank Loyd kept a personal diary throughout his three year ordeal His wife, Evelyn, kept her own diary and correspondence at home Bataan Diary follows the stories of Frank and Evelyn Loyd as a central theme, while telling the intriguing stories of the prisoners, the evaders, the guerrillas and the underground These were the men and women who fought America s first battle of World War II.

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    1. An excellent review of the Battle of Bataan and the four years of resistance to the Japanese occupation in the Philippines. Due credit is given to the Filipinos for their bravery, loyalty and remarkable efforts to free themselves from the occupation and tyranny of the Japanese Empire. The epilogue was particularly moving.

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