Foo, a Japanese-American Prisoner of the Rising Sun: The Secret Prison Diary of Frank "Foo" Fujita (Google eBook)

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University of North Texas Press, Dec 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
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During his time as a POW, Frank "Foo" Fujita kept a diary of daily happenings, embellished with drawings of life in the camp. He secreted the diary in the walls of his barracks, as the practice was forbidden. That diary forms the basis of these memoirs. Fujita's memoirs are also unique in that he was one of the fewer than nine hundred Americans taken prisoner on the island of Java. The bulk of American POWs in Japanese hands surrendered in the Philippines, and most of the published POW memoirs reflect their experience. Fujita's account of the defense of Java and of the fate of the "Lost Battalion" of Texas artillerymen serves to distinguish this memoir from others. At one point while a POW in Japan, Fujita was forced to be part of the Japanese radio group broadcasting propaganda. After the war, he testified at some of the war crime trials in San Francisco, and the diary on which this book is based was used as evidence in those trials.
  

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Contents

FOO JOINS THE TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD 19381941
1
THE 2D BATTALION SAILS FOR THE PLUM 19411942
33
JAVA FALLS TO THE JAPANESE January 1942March 1942
57
FOO BECOMES A POW JAARMARKT AND BICYCLE CAMP
85
SINGAPORE AND FUKUOKA CAMP IN NAGASAKI JAPAN October 1942February 1943
113
LABOR IN THE SHIPYARDS February 1943May 1943
137
GUARD DISCOVERS FOOS JAPANESE HERITAGE June 1943July 1943
155
FOO BEATEN DUTCHMEN TORTURED
169
BOMBING RAIDS BENJO HONCHO PLANS ESCAPE June 1944January 1945
231
FIRE BOMBINGS OF TOKYO February 1945May 1945
257
NIGHT OF ETHYLMETHYL ALCOHOL May 1945July 1945
277
JAPAN SURRENDERS August 1945
297
OKINAWA ALABANG REUNIONS WITH OLD FRIENDS HOME September 1945
317
TACOMA TO TEXAS September 1945February 1946
335
EPILOGUE
351
INDEX
361

CAMP ROUTINES AT OMORI CAMP AND BUNKER HILL October 1943December 1943
187
BUNKER HILL BOYS BROADCAST December 1943June 1944
209

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Stanley L. Falk is a former chief historian of the U.S. Air Force and professor of international relations at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is the author of numerous works, including "Bataan: The March of Death,

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