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Captured: The Forgotten Men of Guam Hardcover – November 15, 2012
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"The strength of the work is that the author interviewed many ex-POWs and recorded their stories first-hand. For every particular event of interest, for every unit involved, military or civilian, he seems to have at least one firsthand account. Often Mansell quotes directly from his interviews or from the diaries the POWs kept while in captivity. This provides a lot of interesting information and detail which make the book a gripping read. But in addition to collecting oral history from the survivors, Mansell has backed this up with thoroughly researched archival material which is well used and documented in the endnotes."-Pacific Affairs
"The contents of this book are difficult to read, but they are worth remembering and serve to fill a curious gap in World War II history. Hopefully this book will receive the audience it deserves and make sure that the struggles of the men of Guam are not forgotten." -- Naval Historical Foundation
"After so many years, it's surprising that World War II still has some untold stories. In fact, a couple of the 'forgotten men of Guam' have published memoirs, but those are long out of print. In Captured, Roger Mansell brings their stories together with useful background and the results of what was apparently a great deal of personal research. The result is an interesting account of some of the first prisoners of the Pacific war and their tribulations...a valuable collection of reminiscences... Captured conveys the atmosphere of the camps and the men's perceptions clearly enough to make it very enjoyable and rewarding reading." -- The Asian Review of Books
"In the days of shock and horror that followed Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, another monumental event, occurring almost simultaneously, was largely overlooked: Japan's bloody seizure of the strategically critical island of Guam. For the American troops, civilians and native people captured in the invasion, so began an epic ordeal. The Americans were shipped off to be slaves for the Japanese, while the natives remained behind to endure four years of brutalities under their captors. Roger Mansell, the pre-eminent historian of Pacific POWs, devoted the last years of his life to unearthing and telling this forgotten story, and after his death, the work was completed by his colleague, the esteemed POW author Linda Goetz Holmes. Chronicling a lost chapter of World War II, Captured promises to be an authoritative, fastidiously researched and compelling read." -- Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption and Seabiscuit: An American Legend
"Roger Mansell worked tirelessly to research and document the stories of American POWs in the Pacific during World War II. His efforts give us a better understanding of the great service and sacrifice of these heroes. The stories he tells are a tribute to the warriors who defend us." -- Oliver North
"Roger Mansell's Captured is a beautifully written, richly researched account of the fall of Guam and a searing reminder of the horrific ordeal suffered by American prisoners of war at the hands of the Japanese."
--John A. Glusman, author of Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945
From the Inside Flap
Prior to the outbreak of the Pacific War, Guam was a paradise for U.S. military and civilian employees stationed on the island. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, the Japanese invaded the tiny island, captured the Americans, and shipped them to Japan. Drawing on interviews with survivors, diaries, and archival records, Roger Mansell documents the mostly unknown story of these American POWs. The men endured horrific hardships, many of which are chronicled in this book for the first time. Also included are moving stories of their liberation, transportation home, and the aftermath of their ordeal.
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With over 40 years and dozens of books I've read on this subject I learned so much more that this book explains. I did not know that Ambassador Grew was still in Japan in 1942. Roosevelt & McArthur and the loss of the Phillipines is clarified.
The references at the end of the book explain even more facts.
The Marine I knew also was subjected to the "icebox treatment" in severe winter in China and survived as one of the men in this book survived. It was below freezing, his Marine buddies - when they brought his canteen of water would heat it up to the max. Irv could then keep it close and keep warm(er). Irv also leaned against the stone wall side of the box that had the Japanese soldiers quarters. He said that he could feel the increase in heat when they opened the stove to add coal. He later escaped and fought with the Chinese 1st Army fighting the Japanese. He too was able to get retribution on the guard that punished him, like some of the characters in "CAPTURED." Recommendation: even if you have read every other book on this subject, this book is well worth the read.
When there is a war these people actually have torn loyalties which are exploited by the enemy when they invade. (In this case Guam, the local Japanese by the Japanese army) Who would have ever thought that AJA's and immigrants would collaborate with an enemy army holding US soil. Such a comparison of treatments of citizen POW's by the two countries. The picture of the americans held in Japan at the end of the book looking like Nazi death camp survivors, is worth the price of the book. Show it to your friends when they blast the US for interning Japanese - Americans before the expected invasion.
In the early 1980's I met Col. Dean Morgan USMC Retired while living in Silicon Valley and became very good friends. Dean was a Lt USMC when captured. I saw some of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor through a port hole and saw the landing on Okinawa on L day 1945 as battery Officer for the 20 mm and 40 mm guns on the Starboard side of the U.S.S. Diphda AKA 59 an Attack Cargo Ship.
This type of book is of interest to me and I have read many. Am rertired LCDR USN