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Title:
Chippewa Chief in World War II : the survival story of Oliver Rasmussen in Japan
Author:
Norton, Donald J., 1932-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
viii, 199 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786409945
Format :
Book

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Central Library D790 .N67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

This is the true story of Oliver Bullard Rasmussen, a U.S. Navy aircrewman who avoided capture after his plane crashed in Japan on July 14, 1945, leaving his pilot dead and him seriously wounded. He dodged the Japanese on Hokkaido for 68 days until he saw his first fellow American. Rasmussen healed himself, relying on his Chippewa knowledge of how to survive in the wild and staying alive by raiding farms at night. The account is drawn from tapes of interviews with Rasmussen about his ordeal and personal records and other material from his family. Beginning with Rasmussen's life as a young boy growing up on a poverty-stricken Chippewa reservation in northern Wisconsin, the book then details at length Rasmussen's almost unbelievable ordeal. Also included is information on his top-secret role in the Navy's only nuclear weapons squadron.


Author Notes

A former U.S. Navy aircrewman, writer Donald J. Norton lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.


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