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Last man out : Glenn McDole, U.S.M.C., survivor of the Palawan massacre in World War II
Wilbanks, Bob, 1931-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2004]

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ix, 169 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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D805.5.P35 W55 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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On December 14, 1944, Japanese soldiers massacred 139 of 150 American POWs. This biography tells the story of Glenn ("Mac") McDole, one of eleven young men who escaped and the last man out of Palawan Prison Camp 10A. Beginning on December 8, 1941, at the U.S. Navy Yard barracks at Cavite, the story of this young Iowa Marine continues through the fighting on Corregidor, the capture and imprisonment by the Japanese Imperial Army in May 1942, Mac's entry into the Palawan prison camp in the Philippines on August 12, 1942, the terrible conditions he and his comrades endured in the camps, and the terrible day when 139 young soldiers were slaughtered. The work details the escapes of the few survivors as they dug into refuse piles, hid in coral caves, and slogged through swamp and jungle to get to supportive Filipinos. It also contains an account and verdicts of the war crimes trials of the Japanese guards, follow-ups on the various places and people referred to in the text, with descriptions of their present situations, and a roster of the names and hometowns of the victims of the Palawan massacre.

Author Notes

Retired journalist and reporter Bob Wilbanks was vice president/editorial at Stover Publishing Company for ten years. He lives in Urbandale, Iowa

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Prologuep. 4
1 Pearl Harborp. 5
2 Surrenderp. 20
3 On the Movep. 30
4 Palawan Islandp. 45
5 Guerrilla Contactp. 59
6 An Unforeseen Threatp. 72
7 A Change of Commandp. 84
8 Goodbye to Old Friendsp. 98
9 Air Raid Sheltersp. 105
10 The False Air Raidp. 112
11 The Swimp. 124
12 Freedomp. 134
13 Back Homep. 148
14 The Menp. 154
15 The Placesp. 157
Epiloguep. 159
Sourcesp. 165
Indexp. 167