Captured on Corregidor

Diary of an American P.O.W. in World War II


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About the Book

On graduating from West Point in 1940, Lieutenant John Wright was assigned to Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Captured there by the Japanese, he endured three and a half years of POW conditions described in subsequent war crimes trials as the worst of World War II. This book is built around a diary he smuggled through countless inspections during his imprisonment. A detailed account of the voyage of the “hellships” carrying prisoners from Manila to Japan; the disease, the hunger, and the different ways prisoners coped—or failed to cope—with their ordeal.

About the Author(s)

The late John Wright, Jr., lived in Riverside, California.

Bibliographic Details

John M. Wright, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 191
Bibliographic Info: maps, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1988]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4251-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2275-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword      viii

Book One
Cooregidor      3

Book Two
Cabanatuan      47

Book Three
Hell      85

Book Four
The Road Back      137

Index      179

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Gripping…memorable…other survivors have published their stories but this is one of the most detailed and best written…recommended”—Library Journal

• “A poignant book…[for] young adults”—School Library Journal

• “Should be on everyone’s bookshelf”—Saber

• “Highly recommended”—Argunners Magazine