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Synopsis: These memoirs are unique because of the six thousand Japanese-Americans who saw military service in the war against Japan, only two were captured by the Japanese and one of them was Frank Fujita the only combat soldier taken prisoner by the Japanese. For him, capture involved the implicit threat of torture and execution as a traitor to Japan. Fujita was also a prolific diarist who regularly, and secretly, kept a written record of his experiences. The diary was hidden in the walls of his barracks at the POW camp and later recovered by the army and used in several of the war crimes trials in San Francisco. Fujita also made drawings, which are included in the book, along with photographs some from the Japanese prison camp.
Fujita was a member of the 2d Battalion, 131st Field Artillery, Texas National Guard. The 2d Battalion was sent to Java, Netherland East Indies, where it was captured intact by the Japanese when the Allied command surrendered there in March, 1942. Fewer than nine hundred Americans were taken prisoner on Java. The bulk of American POWs in Japanese hands surrendered in the Philippines, and most of the published POW memoirs reflect their experience. Fujita’s account of the defense of Java and of the fate of the Lost Battalion” of Texas artillerymen serves to distinguish his memoir from all the others.
From the Publisher: During his time as a POW, Frank "FOO" Fujita kept a diary of daily happenings, embellished with drawings of life in the camp. He secreted the diary in the walls of his barracks, as the practice was forbidden. That diary forms the basis of these memoirs.
Fujita's memoirs are also unique in that he was one of the fewer than nine hundred Americans taken prisoner on the island of Java. The bulk of American POWs in Japanese hands surrendered in the Philippines, and most of the published POW memoirs reflect their experience. Fujita's account of the defense of Java and of the fate of the "Lost Battalion" of Texas artillerymen serves to distinguish this memoir from others.
At one point while a POW in Japan, Fujita was forced to be part of the Japanese radio group broadcasting propaganda. After the war, he testified at some of the war crime trials in San Francisco, and the diary on which this book is based was used as evidence in those trials.
Frank Fujita was called back to active duty as a reservist during the Korean War. He then resumed civilian life and eventually carved out a career as an illustrator for the Air Force. His disabilities from the aftereffects of his mistreatment as a POW have not prevented Fujita and his wife from travelling in their motorhome to almost every state.
Title: Foo : A Japanese-American Prisoner of the ...
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Book Description University of North Texas Press, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Previous owners blindstamp seal to ffep and one highlighted footnote, no other marks and otherwise about like new. Clean hardcover with square binding and sharp corners. Crisp dustjacket with negligible wear, in mylar cover, no price on unclipped flap. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1993. First Edition with full number line, 1st printing. xviii, 371 pages; illustrated. - One of only two Japanese-Americans to have been a POW of the Japanese, and one of fewer than 900 Americans taken prisoner on the island of Java. Fujita's account of the defense of Java and of the 'Lost Battalion' of Texas artillerymen distinguishes this memoir from other published POW memoirs. - - Wrapped, boxed and promptly shipped with tracking provided. Seller Inventory # bx5-161108-10
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