Bataan: A Survivor's Story

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2004 - History - 237 pages
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Like many other young American men during the depression-era 1930s, Gene Boyt entered Franklin D. Rooseveltís Civilian Conservation Corps. Later, after receiving an ROTC commission in the Army Engineers and a bachelorís degree in mechanical engineering from the Missouri School of Mines, Boyt joined the Allied forces in the Pacific Theater.

While building runways and infrastructure in the Philippines in 1941, Boyt enjoyed the regal life of an American officer stationed in a tropical paradise--but not for long. When the United States surrendered the Philippines to Japan in April 1942, Boyt became a prisoner of war, suffering unthinkable deprivation and brutality at the hands of the ruthless Japanese guards.

One of the last accounts to come from a Bataan survivor, Boytís story details the infamous Bataan Death March and his subsequent forty-two months in Japanese internment camps. In this fast-paced narrative, Boytís voice conveys the quiet courage of the generation of men who fought and won historyís greatest armed conflict.

  

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Contents

Beginnings
3
Soldiering in Paradise
30
To Bataan 8
53
We Shall Remain
70
I Might As Well Surrender Too 709
111
March of Death
123
Hell at ODonnell 39
141
On to Japan
156
The Officers Prison 777
177
Victory W Chapter n The Good Life
209
Epilogue Why?
218
Afterword 22f Sources 22J Index
229
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Boyt achieved the rank of Captain by the time of his discharge from the military. After retiring from his work as an engineer with the U.S. Bureau of reclamation, he lived in Oklahoma until his death.

David L. Burch , a human relations professional in Oklahoma City, formerly taught college courses in American history and government.

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