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From the Foreword by David McCann: "... Bishop McKendree’s gathering of songs and poems from the Japanese prisoner of war camps of World War II is a remarkable outcome to a brutal experience. ... The materials were elusive in their circulation among the prisoners, dangerous to those who composed or performed them, and certainly would have been fatal to McKendree, had he been caught with them. ... These songs and poems will also tell the reader something of what their authors, composers, singers—and scribe—lived through. We can sense, but dimly, certain of the details of the physical environment, the personalities of the prisoners and of the guards, and the events which brought them together. These songs and poems will summon forth, for those who were there, a sense of common purpose and experience, of shared hope and despair, defeat and accomplishment; for other readers—and my earnest wish is to have this book find its way to Japanese readers, too—a sense of honor, compassion and respect."

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. David R. McCann
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. I Poems from Prison Camps
  1. "An advance guard with no main body..."
  1. Vindication
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Motors in the West
  2. Wills
  3. pp. 8-9
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  1. Corregidor Mac
  2. p. 10
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  1. The Fall of Corregidor
  2. p. 11
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  1. The Unknown Soldier
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. "A brave little band..."
  1. The Bastards of Bataan
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. A Soldier Boy
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. Old Bataan
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Bataan
  2. p. 25
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  1. Bataan Blues
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. April Ninth, '42
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Battling Boys of Bataan
  2. p. 30
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  1. Which?
  2. pp. 31-32
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  1. "...In fact, I hate this damn life..."
  1. Prison Camp Eulogy and Addenda
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. Addenda
  2. pp. 38-40
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  1. Fall and Disgrace of Old Glory
  2. pp. 41-43
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  1. They Know You
  2. Frank A. Majors
  3. p. 44
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  1. Unsung Heroes
  2. S/Sgt. Samuel E. Poole
  3. pp. 45-47
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  1. Intermission
  2. Elmer Smith
  3. pp. 48-49
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  1. Scuttlebutts
  2. pp. 50-51
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  1. Heroes Modern
  2. p. 52
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  1. In a Hurry
  2. Lt. Keith Madell
  3. pp. 53-54
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  1. Prison Camp Number Three
  2. p. 55
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  1. Forgotten Men of Bataan
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. A Ghost Passes By
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. The Call of War
  2. Martin F. Owens
  3. pp. 60-62
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  1. "...laughing boys fought and died"
  1. Sleep in Peace
  2. Elmer Smith
  3. p. 65
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  1. I Wonder
  2. p. 66
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  1. Requiem
  2. p. 67
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  1. The Flag Speaks
  2. Elmer Smith
  3. p. 68
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  1. The American Way
  2. Elmer Smith
  3. pp. 69-71
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  1. Beneath the Lights of Home
  2. p. 72
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  1. "...and sing to Thee eternal praise"
  1. Prisoner's Prayer
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Look Up
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Dealer of Fate
  2. Frank A. Majors
  3. pp. 79-80
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  1. Prison Impressions
  2. p. 81
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  1. Prisoner of War
  2. pp. 82-84
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  1. Songs
  1. Battle Hymn of Bataan
  2. pp. 87-88
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  1. Iron Horse Battalion
  2. Elmer Smith
  3. pp. 89-90
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  1. Thanks for the Memories
  2. p. 91
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  1. Soldier's (Prisoner's) Farewell
  2. pp. 92-94
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  1. News Comments on the Fall of Bataan
  1. News Comments on the Fall of Bataan
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. II Soldiers' Pre-War Poems
  1. Preface to Pre-War Poems
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. We've Done Our Hitch in Hell
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Thanks for the Memories
  2. p. 107
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  1. The Creed of the Islands
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. A Tale of the Philippines
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. It Might Be Worse
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. The Squaw Man
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. The Curse of El Fraile
  2. pp. 116-117
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  1. A Soldier
  2. pp. 118-119
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  1. The Redeemed
  2. pp. 120-122
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  1. III Autobiography
  1. Bishop Davis McKendree
  2. pp. 125-194
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. 199
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  1. Hanaoka-Sendai #7 American Rescue Roster
  2. pp. 200-204
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  1. Cornell East Asia Series Publications List
  2. pp. 205-210
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781942242833
Related ISBN
9781939161833
MARC Record
OCLC
957619012
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2016-09-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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