Featured books

Belly of the Beast: A POW's Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival Aboard the Infamous WWII Japanese Hell Ship Oryoku Maru

By Judith L. Pearson

"The abdominal of the Beast (is)...a searing tribute...(to) the United States in its bleakest hour." —Senator John McCain, writer manhattan occasions bestseller religion of My Fathers

On December thirteen, 1944, POW Estel Myers was once herded aboard the japanese felony send, the Oryoku Maru, with greater than 1,600 different American captives. greater than 1,100 of them will be useless by means of journey's end...

The son of a Kentucky sharecropper and an enlistee within the Navy's clinical corps, Myers arrived in Manilla presently prior to the bombings of Pearl Harbor and the opposite six goals of the Imperial jap army. whereas he and his fellow corpsmen tended to the bloody tide of infantrymen pouring into their as soon as peaceable Naval health center, the japanese crushed the Pacific islands, shooting 78,000 POWs via April 1942. Myers was once one of many first captured.

After a brutal three-year encampment, Myers and his fellow POWs have been pressured onto an enemy hell send certain for Japan. Suffocation, malnutrition, ailment, dehydration, infestation, insanity, and straightforward melancholy claimed the lives of approximately 3 quarters of these who boarded "the beast".

Myers survived.

A compelling account of a not often recorded occasion in army background, this is often greater than Estel Myers' real story—this is an homage to the unfailing braveness of guys at battle, an inspiring chronicle of self-sacrifice and patience, and a tribute to the facility of religion, the energy of the soul, and the triumph of the human spirit.

"An inspiring examine one among international warfare II's darkest hours." —James Bradley, writer of Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys

"A searing chronicle." —Kirkus studies

Show description

Quick preview of Belly of the Beast: A POW's Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival Aboard the Infamous WWII Japanese Hell Ship Oryoku Maru PDF

Best Biography books

Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford was once essentially the most incandescent movie stars of all time, but she was once additionally some of the most misunderstood. during this brilliantly researched, considerate, and intimate biography, bestselling writer Donald Spoto is going past the preferred caricature—the abusive, risky mom portrayed in her followed daughter Christina Crawford’s memoir, Mommie Dearest—to supply us a third-dimensional portrait of a truly human lady, her stunning profession, and her terribly dramatic existence and occasions.

Deceived With Kindness: A Bloomsbury Childhood

A Bloomsbury baby, with Virginia Woolf her aunt and Vanessa Bell and Duncan furnish her mom and dad. She grew up in Sussex, England, a favourite amassing position for the Bloomsbury crowd. a rare adolescence of either privilege and emotional deprivation, She lived a permissive, inventive way of life with this literary, inventive workforce, which left her with a lot emotional turmoil to type via and it wasn't till after Duncan's loss of life in 1978 that she used to be capable of research the reality at the back of her emotions.

Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

In her exuberant new paintings, Marion Meade provides a portrait of 4 impressive writers-Dorothy Parker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edna Ferber- whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors embodied the spirit of the Nineteen Twenties. those literary heroines did what they sought after and acknowledged what they notion, dwelling utterly within the second.

Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy: The Story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the Cross-Dressing Spy Who Commanded Her Own Army (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)

Aisin Gioro Xianyu (1907–1948) was once the fourteenth daughter of a Manchu prince and a mythical determine in China's bloody fight with Japan. After the autumn of the Manchu dynasty in 1912, Xianyu's father gave his daughter to a jap good friend who used to be sympathetic to his efforts to reclaim strength. This guy raised Xianyu, referred to now as Kawashima Yoshiko, to revive the Manchus to their former glory.

Additional info for Belly of the Beast: A POW's Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival Aboard the Infamous WWII Japanese Hell Ship Oryoku Maru

Show sample text content

Lengthy after the solar had set, the still-burning fires illuminated the military backyard just like the gentle of day. Myers and Tarpy persisted in the course of the evening, transporting the wounded to Canacao and returning to the army backyard for extra. because the wounded have been evacuated from the objective parts after which re-evacuated to Sternberg health facility in downtown Manila, it grew to become visible presently to the executive scientific officials that even though it used to be a wide facility, Sternberg used to be unlikely in an effort to deal with all the casualties. further house was once wanted and there has been no time for an enormous development undertaking. numerous of the officials and their employees individuals started scouting round Manila looking for huge structures which may be switched over into hospitals. 8 such destinations have been discovered. jointly they have been referred to as the Manila sanatorium middle; separately they have been known as “annexes of Sternberg. ” They integrated the preferred nightclub the Jai Alai membership; Estado significant, an previous military barracks; the Spanish membership and ladies’ Dormitory, used jointly as a unmarried medical institution unit; the Philippine Women’s collage; Santa Escolastica, a faculty; fortress William McKinley; and the Holy Ghost collage. the military and army pooled the scientific groups to employees those amenities. at the morning of December eleven, ultimate steps have been taken to totally evacuate Canacao health center. All ultimate sufferers have been moved to whichever annex was once dealing with their specific desire, as made up our minds by way of the prognosis tag each one wore. Following that, the clinical employees was once in a feeling advised to loot their very own clinic. Myers and Tarpy have been ordered to gather all movable apparatus and provides and relocate them to a staging sector the place they can be loaded onto vehicles and brought into Manila for distribution to the annexes. every time the japanese again on another bombing run, the scavengers ran for defense. yet one crew of 5 corpsmen from Canacao that Myers had gotten to grasp weren’t fast sufficient. From the place he crouched in a trench, he watched as jap airmen swooped down and let out their destruction. The corpsmen have been blown to eternity. whereas they waited for the enemy combatants to complete their strafing, a number of the boys within the trench with Myers swapped tales. “One man instructed me approximately whatever that occurred up at Clark box. He acknowledged an anti-aircraft gun knocked down considered one of our personal planes. The pilot was once rescued, yet he used to be beautiful burned up. ” “Yeah, good, get this,” a moment shouted over the gunfire. “I heard a bit of shrapnel stamped ‘U. S. A. ’ fell onto one in all our boats. ” “You suggest we’re bombing our personal military? ” the 1st guy requested. “Naw, the fellow that informed me acknowledged we’ve been promoting scrap steel to the Japs for years. They’re turning it into shrapnel and sending it again to us in dividends! ” The storytelling may proceed until eventually the warring parties had left and the social gathering might resume their hunt for usable gear. once they received again to Canacao with their loot, the boys got their new assignments. Myers was once assigned to Estado significant, the previous military barracks, whereas Tarpy went to Santa Escolastica.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.12 of 5 – based on 34 votes

Comments are closed.