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Silence of a Soldier

William J. Duggan

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ISBN 10: 1930859570 / ISBN 13: 9781930859579
Published by Elderberry Press (OR)
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Title: Silence of a Soldier

Publisher: Elderberry Press (OR)

Binding: Paperback

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The fight for the Philipines was over. Prisoners sat beneath the burning April sun in the fields of Mariveles. Bub Merrill looked out to sea to see an outline of Corregidor three miles away, but orders had come down not to try the swim. There was no food on Corregidor and most were too weak to make it. Rations had been cut to one eighth. At the time of surrender, hunger, exhaustion and disease was rampant among POW's. The Japanese gave them neither food nor water, but forced them to sit in the baking sun. Bub dug his hands into the sand and came up with two baseball-sized rutabagas. They allowed him to survive the march to Camp O'Donnell, a march that many others did not. From there other marches began. At the point of a bayonet, US POW's carried sacks of rice, dried fish and ammunition bandoliers, acting as a mule train for the Japanese army's move across the Philippines.With the Philippines secured, the Japanese shipped prisoners to other slave labor camps throughout the far east. Bub was forced to work in several factories in Manchuria. Three years later he found his way home to Algonac, Michigan. This is his story.

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The account of the destruction of Manila is based on testimony collected from eye- witnesses by the US forces which liberated Manila. The testimony was under oath. The reports are condensed. The once proud city of Manila is dead. The churches, convents, schools and universities have been reduced to rubble by the Japanese.The civilian population has been starved, raped, burned, murdered, mutilated and bayoneted, including small infants.The orders for these atrocities came directly from Tokyo. The destruction of Manila was not the act of crazed troops. It was a operation carefully planned by General Yamashita and the Japanese high command.


In the first three weeks of February,1945, The Japanese began to destroy methodically the churches, convents and charitable institutions in the inner city (Intramuros) St. Tomas University, the Manila Cathedral, hospitals and libraries were either bombed or set ablaze. The occupants of these institutions were locked inside the buildings when they were set afire. Orphans, foundlings, sick people in hospitals and insane people in the Asylums were locked into their institutions to be burned to death along with the incinerated buildings. On January 25, 1945, Japanese soldiered entered the facility of the Philippine Red Cross.They bayoneted or shot doctors, nurses, babies with their mothers, young girls, some of whom they raped. On February 12, they entered Lasalle College. There were seventy people within the premises. The inhabitants were slain with sabers, bayoneted, or shot. On February 23, 1945, in one charitable institution, 50 people were shot in the head with their hands tied behind their backs. A few blocks away another 30 bodies suffered the same fate. On February 24,1945, an air-tight food vault was opened to reveal the bodies of close to 300 people suffocated in the cramped 15 by 18 foot space. The Spanish Consulate flying the Spanish flag was set afire killing more than fifty people within. Filipinos in the outlying areas faired no better. In Calamba, 5000 men, women and children were slaughtered and the town decimated. At the Medical School of the University of the Philippines 190 students and faculty were locked into one room in which the furniture had been soaked with gasoline. The doors were locked and the room set afire. Only three people survived. Dr. Frankel a university surgeon lived to tell the terrible story. Captured Japanese documents record the death of 1000 civilians. Men were shot after their genitals had been cut of. Women were mutilated by having their breast slashed off with sabers. Children were bayoneted. Area by area, block by block homes and buildings were torched. Whole neighborhoods disappeared. These are only a few of the evils perpetrated on the Filipinos by the Japanese As the war drew to an end, the Japanese forces took their revenge on the defenseless civilian population. When they were finished, Manila had been leveled. The people lay dead everywhere, in the streets, in the buildings in the schools and in the churches.

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