American POWs in World War II

Twelve Personal Accounts of Captivity by Germany and Japan

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About the Book

These accounts describe the battle and POW experiences of twelve American military men captured by either Germany or Japan during World War II. Brutality, frostbite, disease, hunger, strenuous working conditions, and the jubilation of release are presented in the words of the soldiers, who describe such events as the Bataan Death March, the battle for Wake Island, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge and vividly portray the camps where they watched their comrades in arms suffer and perish. The book also features photographs, maps, camp lists, and POW regulations.

About the Author(s)

Harry Spiller served two tours in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. A retired professor of criminal justice and former sheriff of Williamson County, Illinois, he lives in Marion, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Harry Spiller
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 244
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, maps, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4275-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5373-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

1. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Sturgeon

Captured While in Defense of Wake Island      7

2. Sergeant Alvel L. Stricklin

Captured During the Battle of the Bulge      29

3. Technical Sergeant Thomas Harold Boardman

Captured During a Bombing Mission Over Germany      37

4. Private Benjamin Dunn

Captured on Java Island During the Japanese Invasion      44

5. Sergeant William Robert Carr

Captured After Being Shot Down on a Bombing Mission Over Germany      70

6. Corporal Kenneth M. Smith

Captured During the Battle of the Bulge      79

7. Sergeant Charles Branum

Captured During the Fall of Bataan      94

8. Technical Sergeant Gordon K. Butts

Shot Down Over Mostar, Yugoslavia, During an Air Raid      112

9. Staff Sergeant Edwin Douglass, Jr.

Captured in Nancy, France      130

10. Corporal Ralph L. Lape, Sr.

Captured During the Japanese Invasion of the Philippines      143

11. Lieutenant Thomas J. Hart

Captured During an Offensive in Burma After Being Left for Dead      155

12. Staff Sergeant R. L. Hulsey

Captured After Being Shot Down Over Solingen, Germany      170

Appendix A. Japanese Prisoner of War Camps, 1941–1945      179

Appendix B. Locations of German Prison Camps      190

Appendix C. German Regulations Concerning Prisoners of War      193

Index      223