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Belly of the beast : a POW's inspiring true story of faith, courage, and survival aboard the infamous WWII Japanese hell ship Oryoku Maru

Author: Judith L Pearson
Publisher: New York : Diversion Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st diversion books edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pearson, Judith L.
Belly of the beast
(OCoLC)882258779
Named Person: Estel Browning Myers; Estel Browning / 1920-1973 Myers; Estel Browning Myers
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Judith L Pearson
ISBN: 9781626812918 1626812918
OCLC Number: 893688962
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations
Contents: Intro; Belly of the Beast; Copyright; Epigraph; Preface; Prologue; CHAPTER ONE: Sentimental Journey; CHAPTER TWO: Pearl of the Orient; CHAPTER THREE: Monsoons and Medicine; CHAPTER FOUR: Hearth and Home; CHAPTER FIVE: The Japanese Tidal Wave; CHAPTER SIX: Bahala Na; CHAPTER SEVEN: Bushido; CHAPTER EIGHT: Protein for Nicotine; CHAPTER NINE: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition; CHAPTER TEN: Into the Beast; CHAPTER ELEVEN: Caged Rats; CHAPTER TWELVE: A Feast Before Hell; CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Price of Sugar; CHAPTER FOURTEEN: From One Benjo to Another; CHAPTER FIFTEEN: The Death Hatch CHAPTER SIXTEEN: To Suffer and DieCHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Pain Among the Pines; CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: Freedom and Old Glory; Epilogue; Gallery; Acknowledgments; Also by Judith L Pearson; Connect with Diversion Books
Responsibility: Judith L. Pearson.

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"The Belly of the Beast (is) ... a searing tribute ... (to) America in its bleakest hour."--Senator John McCain, author New York Times bestseller Faith of My FathersOn December 13, 1944, POW Estel Myers was herded aboard the Japanese prison ship, the Oryoku Maru, with more than 1,600 other American captives. More than 1,100 of them would be dead by journey's end ... The son of a Kentucky sharecropper and an enlistee in the Navy's medical corps, Myers arrived in Manilla shortly before the bombings of Pearl Harbor and the other six targets of the Imperial Japanese military. While he and his fellow corpsmen tended to the bloody tide of soldiers pouring into their once peaceful Naval hospital, the Japanese overwhelmed the Pacific islands, capturing 78,000 POWs by April 1942. Myers was one of the first captured. After a brutal three-year encampment, Myers and his fellow POWs were forced onto an enemy hell ship bound for Japan. Suffocation, malnutrition, disease, dehydration, infestation, madness, and simple despair claimed the lives of nearly three quarters of those who boarded "the beast". Myers survived. A compelling account of a rarely recorded event in military history, this is more than Estel Myers' true story--this is an homage to the unfailing courage of men at war, an inspiring chronicle of self-sacrifice and endurance, and a tribute to the power of faith, the strength of the soul, and the triumph of the human spirit."An inspiring look at one of World War II's darkest hours."--James Bradley, Author of Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys"A searing chronicle."--Kirkus Reviews.

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