A Study in Valor: The Faith of a Bataan Death March Survivor

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Many books have been written about the Bataan Death March, but few have described the deep faith of the heroic men who experienced the horrors of that march. Among the survivors was Clarence Bramley. Tall and lean, he enlisted during World War II with dreams of flying P-40 fighter planes. But the reality of war often dashes young men's dreams. While waiting for the results of his pilot exams, his squadron was ordered to the Philippines where he serviced the very planes he was hoping to fly. Then in the spring of 1942, the islands fell to the Japanese. During the years that followed, Bramley experienced the brutal Death March, incarceration in the Philippines and Taiwan, nightmarish weeks on a Japanese Hell Ship, and forced labor in a prison camp at Kosaka, Japan. He suffered disease and brutality and witnessed the agonizing deaths of close friends and comrades - but he never lost faith in God.

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The son of a U.S. Marine, Bill Garner was a Marine Corps pilot during the Korean War. A distinguished lawyer, he was appointed to be a Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California. In 1998 he was named Judge of the Year by the Long Beach Bar Association.

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This book is an important contribution to the historical account of the Bataan Death March during World War II. For someone who has an interest in this significant event, I highly recommend it. -- The Honorable Bob Bennett, Senator (R-UT)

Clarence H. Bramley, a prisoner of war of the Japanese on the "Bataan Death March," was a member of the generation who saved the free world from subjugation. But more than that, he was one of the best. When you tuck your kids into bed tonight, say a prayer of gratitude for men like Clarence H. Bramley. Due to him and men like him, our world is far different today than it would have been without these heroes. Read his story and share in his pride and love of country. God Bless Clarence H. Bramley. -- Paul A. Yost, Jr., Admiral (Ret), USCG

The narrative is very compelling. As a POW, each man had to make the decision to live. Bramley's story delves into his struggle to keep his own humanity and new found faith in God. His devotion to his family and their values clearly sustains him and the reader is drawn into his daily need to survive. A delight to read. --Roger Mansell, Director, Center for Research, Allied POWS Under the Japanese

I hope that Mr. Bramley's story will be read by many people, especially in my country, Japan, so that his message--that of hope and faith--will inspire those individuals while teaching the history of American POWs of the Japanese. --Kinue Tokudome, Founder and Executive Director, US-Japan Dialogue on POWs

I read Clarence Bramley's A Study in Valor while undergoing kidney dialysis, it sent my blood pressure skyrocketing; it was as if I were walking back in time, reliving those same experiences all over again. Each of us former prisoners of the Japanese hold similar memories, some are more harsh and unforgiving--all are unforgettable. Our struggle to defend the Philippines, our capture by the Japanese, and the horror that followed is well related in this book and I recommend it. The accuracy and detailed account of this story makes it a first-rate read. --Everett A. Reamer, former National Commander, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor

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