By Stephen L. Moore
The heroic tale of 11 American POWs who defied sure dying in global warfare II—As strong as Dead is an unforgettable account of the Palawan bloodbath survivors and their bold escape.
In overdue 1944, the Allies invaded the Japanese-held Philippines, and shortly the top of the Pacific conflict used to be close by. yet for the final one hundred fifty American prisoners of battle nonetheless hung on the island of Palawan, there will be no salvation. After years of slave hard work, hunger, disorder, and torture, their worst fears have been approximately to be learned. On December 14, with laptop weapons expert on them, they have been herded underground into shallow air raid shelters—death pits dug with their very own hands.
Japanese infantrymen doused the shelters with gas and set them on fireplace. a few thirty prisoners controlled to bolt from the fiery carnage, operating a deadly gauntlet of desktop gun hearth and bayonets to leap from the cliffs to the rocky Palawan coast. through the subsequent morning, merely 11 males have been left alive—but their determined trip to freedom had simply begun.
As stable as useless is one of many maximum get away tales of global battle II, and one who few americans be aware of. The 11 survivors of the Palawan Massacre—some badly wounded and burned—spent weeks evading jap patrols. They scrounged for foodstuff and water, swam shark-infested bays, and wandered via treacherous jungle terrain, hoping to discover pleasant Filipino guerrillas. Their persistence, decision, and braveness within the face of loss of life make this a gripping and encouraging saga of survival.
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