We Were Next to Nothing: An American POW's Account of Japanese Prison Camps and Deliverance in World War II

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 264 pages
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On December 1, 1941, the author's unit was sent to the southern Philippine island of Mindanao to establish an air base. Less than six months later, on May 10, 1942, Sergeant Nordin was captured by the Japanese. For two years he was imprisoned on Mindanao before boarding a Japanese hellship destined for Moji, Japan. He spent the remainder of the war working on the railroad in Yokkaichi. Throughout his time in captivity, the author detailed the conditions and his thoughts on the camps in a secret diary that became the basis of this work. This powerful story recounts the horrors of the prison camps, the torturous journey on the hellship, and the little things that provided him and his fellow prisoners the strength to survive.
  

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Contents

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1
Preface
3
Acknowledgments
5
B C Before Captivity
7
The End of Peace in Our Time
9
At War with Japan
24
The War Continues and Expands
32
Farewell to Freedom
43
Morale and MoraleBuilding
109
Lasang
121
Last Days at Dapecol
133
Hell Ships
142
Land of the Rising Sun
154
The Sun Sets on Japan
190
A D After Deliverance
201
The Long Road Home
203

Captivity
55
Camp Casising
57
Execution by Firing Squad
68
Davao Penal Colony Dapecol
73
On the Slopes of Mount Apo
85
Mactan
93
Back to Normal in Dapecol
103
Home at Last
220
Reunion for Peace
230
A Promise Kept
245
Military History of Carl S Nordin
247
Index
249
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The late Carl S. Nordin lived in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

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