We refused to die: my time as a prisoner of war in Bataan and Japan, 1942-1945

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University of Utah Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 273 pages
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Gene Jacobsen was a nineteen-year-old Idaho ranch kid when he decided to join the Army Air Corps in September 1940. By December 1941 he was supply sergeant for the Twentieth Pursuit Squadron at Clark Field in the Philippines. Five months later he was a captive of the Imperial Japanese Army, enduring the Bataan death march and subsequent horrors in the Philippines and Japan. Of the 207 officers and men who made up Jacobsenrs"s squadron at the beginning of the war, sixty-five survived to return to the United States. We Refused to Die recounts Jacobsenrs"s struggle, against all odds, to remain one of those sixty-five men. In engaging, direct prose, Jacobsenrs"s three-and-a-half year experience as a prisoner of war takes the reader on a brutal and harrowing march through hatred and forgiveness, fortitude and freedom. We Refused to Die is an honest memoir that shines light on one of historyrs"s darkest moments.

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Review: We Refused to Die: My time as a prisoner of war in Bataan and Japan, 1942-1945

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The author of this book was a neighbor of my parent's. They had told me many stories about his life and I was excited to finally be able to read this story in his own words. I can't imagine how ... Read full review

Review: We Refused to Die: My time as a prisoner of war in Bataan and Japan, 1942-1945

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Knew the author, excellent history of the Bataan Death March and how the POW lived during WW II Read full review

Contents

Attack on Pearl Harbor i
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Enemy over Clark Field
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Japanese Invasion of the Philippines
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Gene S. Jacobsen is emeritus professor of education at the University of Utah. He and his wife live in St. George, Utah. He is one of sixteen men still living from the sixty-five members of the Twentieth Pursuit Squadron who returned home.