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Bataan Diary by Chris Schaefer

Bataan Diary

by Chris Schaefer

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0976108402, Paperback)

With Pearl Harbor in shambles, the United States Army surrendered to the Japanese on Bataan, and 70,000 American and Filipino servicemen became prisoners of war. However, about 200 Americans slipped into the jungle to continue the fight and await the return of General Douglas MacArthur. For three years the Japanese hunted these men down, capturing or killing more than half of them.

Bataan Diary is the true story of Frank R. Loyd and a small group of men who refused to surrender to the Japanese. They endured terrible diseases, starvation, and a Japanese manhunt to capture them. Aided by Filipino farmers, they lived by their wits and their survival skills, and they ultimately joined the guerrilla band of Corporal John Boone to help defeat the Japanese.

It is also the story of their families at home in the United States who supported the war effort, worked in government jobs, and raised their families alone, not knowing if their men were dead or alive. Frank Loyd, kept a personal diary throughout his three year ordeal. His wife, Evelyn, kept her own diary and correspondence at home. Bataan Diary follows the stories of Frank and Evelyn Loyd as a central theme, while telling the intriguing story of the prisoners, the evaders, and the guerrillas—the men and women who fought America’s first battle of World War II.

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