My Hitch In Hell

This is an autobiographical story of a World War II Prisoner of War (POW), surviving the Bataan Death March, escaping into the jungles of the Philippines, being recaptured, working as a POW in a coal mine in Japan, and eventually witnessing the atomic bomb blast at Nagasaki from the prison camp in Japan.

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"My Hitch in Hell"


Dr. Lester I. Tenney

ISBN 0-02-881125-9

A survivor of the Bataan Death March as a POW during WW II.

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If you want to read a sample chapter, here is Chapter 4: The March which describes the infamous Bataan Death March. This is a large amount of text to download, so please be patient.

About the book:

An uncompromising story combining the history of the war in the Philippines, the drama of the fighting on Bataan, and the dreams, goals and anguish of a survivor of the Infamous Bataan Death March.

We survivors returned with our heads hung low. We arrived back in the United States quietly, anonymously, without fanfare. There were no banners welcoming us home, no parades to march in, no speeches, no acknowledgments of any kind. The war had ended, people wanted to get on with their lives. Unfortunately many of us came home to find that some family members had died, that some wives or sweethearts had found others to take our places.

In spite of defending the dropping of the atomic bomb, Tenney's searing wartime experiences of the past and his gracious respect for the Japanese in the present, bring a unique perspective to the current debates over Japan's wartime culpability, the morality of the atomic bombs, and American-Japanese relations today.

This story touches on:

The fighting on Bataan

The Infamous Bataan Death March

The Box-Car death ride to Camp O'Donnell

The living hell at Camp O'Donnell

Forced work on Japanese work details while a POW in the Philippines

The inhumane ship ride to Japan

Life in Camp #17, in Fukuoka, Japan

Working under hazardous conditions in a coal mine

Being caught trading with the Japanese

Witnessing the Mushroom Cloud over Nagasaki

On August 15th, hearing, "Japan and America now friends"

The 29th replacement depot outside Manila

The ship ride home - - We are free at last!

This is a first-person account of horror, survival and dreams. A must for the library of those interested in the history of W.W.II This is not intended as a rancorous book, it is not a pleasant story, but neither were the times very pleasant. It's a realistic story of man's fight for survival while keeping his ideals and faith intact.

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