Author Gordon Sawyer tells the incredible story of an American sailor, Richard Kidder, who found himself with a front row seat in the Philippines as World War II exploded in the Pacific. Damaged by bombs, his ship limped across Manila Bay to become a repair station for the beleaguered GIs on Bataan. When Bataan fell, he escaped to the fortress island of Corregidor. There he and his fellow sailors became riflemen who faced the Japanese invasion force. After General Wainwright surrendered all forces in the Philippines, Kidder became a prisoner of war in the infamous Cabanatuan #3 in the Philippines. He was among the first American prisoners to be stuffed in the deep hold of a Hell Ship, and transported to Japan, where he was made a slave laborer in Osaka, then Tsuraga, before the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered.
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Gordon Sawyer, a former advertising executive, became a history writer upon his retirement. He is the author of such books as JAMES LONGSTREET: Before Manassas and After Appomattox and Northeast Georgia: A History. He remains active as a talk radio host and commentator covering northeast Georgia on radio station WDUN, and a columnist on AccessNorthGeorgia.com. A U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, he has held leadership positions in a number of business, civic and history organizations and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Residents of Gainesville, Georgia, he and his wife have three sons and eleven grandchildren.
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Book Description BookSurge Publishing, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1419685473