Presumed lost: the incredible ordeal of America's submarine POWs during the Pacific War
When submarines failed to return to port from patrol, they were officially listed by the Navy as "overdue and presumed lost." Loved ones were notified by the War Department that their siblings, spouses, and sons were missing in action and presumed lost. While 52 U.S. submarines were sunk in the Pacific, the Japanese took prisoners of war from the survivors of only seven of these lost submarines. Presumed Lost is the compelling story of the final patrols of those seven submarines and the long captivity of the survivors. Of the 196 sailors taken prisoner, 158 would survive the horrors of the POW camps, where torture, starvation, and slave labor were common. This is the most complete and accurate record of their captivity experiences ever compiled. Author Stephen L. Moore draws on personal interviews with the survivors, as well as on diaries, family archives, and POW statements to reveal new details and correct longstanding errors in previously published accounts.
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Review: Presumed Lost: The Incredible Ordeal of America's Submarine POWs during the Pacific WarUser Review - Goodreads
Book isn't bad. Accurate account of POW experiences, but since it is effectively a bunch of very short stories and anecdotes, makes a better reference book than reading book.
Review: Presumed Lost: The Incredible Ordeal of America's Submarine POWs during the Pacific WarUser Review - Matt - Goodreads
Presumed Lost is a interesting book in that it looks at the experience of American submariners who were captured by the Japanese. In other submarine history books the treatment of POW's is usually an ... Read full review
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