P.O.W. in the Pacific: Memoirs of an American Doctor in World War II

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 182 pages
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This is the story of William N. Donovan, a U.S. Army medical officer in the Philippines who, as a prisoner of war, faced unspeakable conditions and abuse in Japanese camps during World War II. Through his own words we learn of the brutality, starvation, and disease that he and other men endured at the hands of their captors. And we learn of the courage and determination that Donovan was able to summon in order to survive. P.O.W. in the Pacific: Memoirs of an American Doctor in World War II describes the last weeks before Donovan's capture and his struggles after being taken prisoner at the surrender of Corregidor to the Japanese on May 6, 1942. He remained a P.O.W. until his release on August 14, 1945, V-J Day. Shocking, moving, and yet tinged with Donovan's dry sense of humor, P.O.W. in the Pacific offers a new perspective-that of a medical doctor-on the experience of captivity in Japanese prison camps as well as on the war in the Pacific. The book is edited by Donovan's daughter Josephine, with the assistance of her sister, Ann Devigne Donovan. Readers will be inspired by this true story of one American's heroism.
 

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Contents

The War Begins
1
Bataan
17
Corregidor
41
Bilibid and Camp 8
59
The Prison Ship Horror Maru
85
Formosa
99
Coming Home
111
The Home Front
127
Appendix
177
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Josephine Donovan's books include Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions of American Feminism (1992); New England Local Color Literature: A Women's Tradition (1988); and Sarah Orne Jewett (2002). She is on the faculty of the University of Maine.

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