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Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II Paperback – October, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0786418220 ISBN-10: 0786418222 Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company; 1St Edition edition (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786418222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786418220
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Retired journalist and reporter Bob Wilbanks was vice president of editorial at Stover Publishing Company for ten years. He lives in Urbandale, Iowa. --Military Review. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Retired journalist and reporter Bob Wilbanks was vice president of editorial at Stover Publishing Company for ten years. He lives in Urbandale, Iowa.

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A very interesting story of McDole's time in WWII.
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My Thanks to Mr. Mcdole for his may years of service to his country.
Michael Dreibelbeis
Once you start the book, you will find it hard to put it down.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mac Pro on October 30, 2005
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This book should be required reading for every high school student in America - most people have no idea what many ordinary young men endured as prisoners during World War II, how they behaved under the unbelievable burden of watching their friends die and how they overcame the horror of being POWs of the Japanese in the Philippines - this book is extremely well-written, simple and concise without self promotion concerning one of the worst atrocities in modern warfare - it's an easy although uncomfortable read - it'll make you proud to call McDole and other POWs fellow Americans
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wiley P. Jordan on March 28, 2005
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This is a great story of a survivor who makes it and also the story of others who perish. All of whom are heroes under conditions we hope will never again be faced by POW's. This book tells the story of their sacrifice which should never be forgotten.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Wickard on July 15, 2005
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I could not put it down. I really liked the book. I meet Mr. McDole and his wife this last June. What an amazing family and how he over came tragidy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 7, 2007
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This book was very good even though it tells a terrible story. There is a lot of detail about massacre of 139 American prisoners of war and the survival of just 11 as they hid in garbage and swam 5 miles in the ocean to safety. This is a great source for a national history day project. This book would be 6 stars if that rating existed.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on November 30, 2004
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One of the good stories to come out of World War II was the rescue of over 500 American prisoners at the CABANATUAN MILITARY PRISON CAMP. If you are not familiar with the story, 123 members of the 6th Rangers sneaked through enemy lines to the prison camp, killed all the guards and got the men out.

It was not common for such break outs to be attempted. And the reason for the rescue at Cabanatuan was the massacre at Palawan.

Palawan was an offshoot of Cabanatuan, some 150 prisoners from Cabanatuan had been sent to Palawan as slave workers. They spent two and a half years working on the air strip. Then on December 15, 1944 the Americans landed on Mindoro. So the Japanese decided to execute the 150 prisoners. They missed eleven who managed to escape.

This is the story of one young marine. From all the people in the USMC he bacame one of the 7,000 Americans captured at Corregidor, and one of the eleven to survive Palawan.

As I read this book, my first thought was to damn the Japanese. Their culture of Bushido created an environment where such events happened. Then I thought of the Islamic terrorists, or cult or whatever you'd call it in Iraq who yesterday beheaded someone just to get it in the news. And that lead me to the events in the prison in Iraq where we Americans didn't exactly act with honor.

This is a book, not only excellently written, but tells of a side of the war not often reported. And forces you to think of other places, other incidents. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 24th chance on March 17, 2012
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In reading this excellent 165 page book I have walked with Glenn from his home in Iowa to his enlistment,to Corregidor, to Palawan,the war trials and back home to his funeral in 2009.This book gives you the complete experience of this brave marine up close and personal.You get to meet his friends,some of the Japanese guards and feel their experiences in vivid plain easy to read words.
There was only 1 guard who I will look up on the computer who ever showed the prisoners any kindness,why do we as humans treat our fellow humans so wickedly ? We will all die some day and answer to our creator so why mistreat people along the way ?--Anyway if you like war stories get this book,you will not be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Duprey on June 10, 2008
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This should be a must read book!!! Although written by someone else, the actual Veteran, Glenn McDole was there right by his side and threw in plenty of quotes and first hand accounts.

Read the book and get a good example of what happened in some of these Japanese P.O.W. camps. I can assure you that your jaw will drop to the ground!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Macari on June 11, 2008
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This is by far the best book ever. Finished in in 3 or 4 nights, just kept thinking "then what, then what."

Must read for any military or war buff.
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