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Author Hardee, David L., 1890-1969,
Title Bataan survivor : a POW's account of Japanese captivity in World War II / David L. Hardee ; edited by Frank A. Blazich, Jr.
Imprint Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, [2016]

Author Hardee, David L., 1890-1969,
Series The American military experience series
American military experience series.
Subject Hardee, David L., 1890-1969.
Prisoners of war -- United States -- Biography.
Prisoners of war -- Philippines -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942.
Bataan, Battle of, Philippines, 1942.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines.
Alt Name Blazich, Frank A., Jr.,
Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 290 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-283) and index.
Summary Drafted in 1945 following the author's liberation from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, this personal memoir of Colonel David L. Hardee was forgotten for over seventy years. A career infantry officer, Hardee fought during the Battle of Bataan as executive officer of the Provisional Air Corps Regiment. Captured in April 1942 after the American surrender on Bataan, Hardee survived the Bataan Death March and proceeded to endure a series of squalid prison camps. A debilitating hernia left Hardee too ill to travel to Japan in 1944, making him one of the few lieutenant colonels to remain in the Philippines and subsequently survive the war. Unlike memoirs written after decades of fading memories and contemporary influences, this unique prisoner of war memoir is a primary account written almost immediately after liberation from internment. This once-forgotten journal has been carefully edited, illustrated, and annotated to reveal the depth of Hardee's experience as a soldier, prisoner, and liberated survivor of the Pacific War. -- Inside jacket flap.
Contents Section I. Fighting on Bataan. The war is on ; The billion dollar Christmas tree ; Many pilots and no airplanes ; The last days in Bataan ; The Death March -- Section II. Death's prison camps. Camp O'Donnell ; Cabanatuan ; More prison life at Cabanatuan ; En route to Dapecol -- Section III. Survival on Mindanao. Life at Dapecol ; A hernia saved my life ; More life at Dapecol ; Final days at Dapecol ; A hellship trip to Bilibid -- Section IV. Liberation and return ; Manila and Bilibid ; Life at Bilibid ; Final days of imprisonment ; Liberation ; Homeward bound -- Appendix. Military decorations and medal citations.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780826273598 (electronic bk.)
0826273599 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1013889809
Additional Format Print version: Hardee, David L., 1890-1969. Bataan survivor. Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, [2016] 0826220827 (DLC) 2016937789 (OCoLC)927402217

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