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Winking at death : memoir of a World War II POW

Print Book, English, ©2008
AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN, ©2008
Biographies
xxv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9781434394293, 1434394298
317491984
Dedicationxiii
Introductionxv
CHAPTER 1 Before Combat
Growing up in Indianapolis
1
Out of College��But Then What?
3
An Embalmer in Prescott, Arizona
6
Working on Me Arizona Republic
11
Beating the Draft
12
CHAPTER 2 In the Army Air Corps
Pilot Training
15
Navigation: First a Student and Then a Teacher
19
On the Way to Combat
26
CHAPTER 3 Combat
San Marcelino
29
My First Combat Mission
39
My Second Mission
44
My Third (and Last) Mission
46
CHAPTER 4 Shot Down
Getting Shot Down in a B-25 on my Third Mission
48
Ditching (Brush-with-Death No. 1)
52
Inching Along in a Rubber Raft
57
"Tell All You Know"
59
CHAPTER 5 Captured
3 April 1945
61
Interrogation (Brush-with-Death No. 2)
63
CHAPTER 6 Haikou
First Cells
68
The Mosquitoes
70
Cold Nights
71
Japanese Nurses
72
Gruel and Rice Balls
74
Killing Time Before It Kills You: Surviving POW Life
78
Remembering and Focusing
78
Solace through Faith (or Solitude)
87
Communicating
91
Diaries, Drawings and Paintings
94
Reading��and Listening Secretly to a Radio
97
Routines
99
A Steak Dinner
100
A Narrow Escape
103
More Beatings
104
Roosevelt's Death
105
Forced March
107
The Champion Wrestler (Brush-with-Death No. 3)
110
Almost Beheaded (Brush-with-Death No. 4)
112
CHAPTER 7 Stopover
Truck Ride
115
Drunken Japanese Officers (Brush-with-Death No. 5)
116
Cockroaches and Laughter
117
Chuck Suey's Last Words
125
Maneuvering the Guards
129
CHAPTER 8 Sonya
Unexpected Joy
138
Our Last Cells
146
Food
147
Relationships
149
Guards and Games
155
Stealing Suzuki's Fundoshi (Brush-with-Death No. 6)
163
The Rat
164
Work, Exercise and Morale
165
Disease and Dying
173
CHAPTER 9 War's End
Excited Whispers
180
Sanya Hospital
181
The OSS and the SOS
183
Bodies and Feelings Restored
185
Departure from Hainan
190
CHAPTER 10 Recovery�� And Then Back Home Again
Love of My Life
194
Back to School
196
Return to Hainan Island
198
CHAPTER 11 Who are the Heroes?
Heroism in Civilian Life
202
A Boy Scout
202
A Mother Saves Her Children
203
Two Firefighters Save a Family from a Burning House
205
A Western Movie Hero
205
Heroism in Combat
206
Audie Murphy
206
The Samurai Code
211
Heroism in POW Life
212
POW Doctors and Nurses
215
Stanley Pavillard
215
Other Unsung Doctors and Nurses
219
POW Engineers
224
POW Escapes
225
Lance Sijan
227
"The Great Escape"
233
Are POWs Heroes?
236
Afterthoughts239
Bibliography245
Endnotes259
Index295