Lost in Action: A World War II Soldier's Account of Capture on Bataan and Imprisonment by the Japanese

Lost in Action: A World War II Soldier's Account of Capture on Bataan and Imprisonment by the Japanese

by Dick Bilyeu

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“Lost in action,” a term used to account for soldiers last seen in combat but not identified as killed or captured, was applied to the author for years following his capture by Japanese in the Philippines after the fall of Bataan. The three and a half years after capture were a time of torture and slave labor. At war’s end the author weighed 95 pounds, down from his normal 160. A year was spent in military hospitals before he was fit to return to normal activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786487721
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/21/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 351
Sales rank: 890,807
File size: 689 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Dick Bilyeu went on to serve in Korea and retired from the army in 1961 as a chief warrant officer. He lived in North Highlands, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword xi
Introduction xiii

1. Under hostile fire 1
2. Digging in 7
3. Assignment with Philippine Army in Bataan 15
4. Last ditch stand 32
5. Hopes for evacuation dashed 36
6. No unit, no ship, no help and no hope 40
7. Stragglers uniting to defend their lives 41
8. Last hours for the battling bastards of Bataan 53
9. Confusion and capture 64
10. Into the jungle 66
11. March into hell 73
12. The train to Capas 9 3
13. A time to look back 101
14. First day in a concentration camp 103
15. Disposing of the dead 107
16. Making an effort to comprehend man’s inhumanity to man 114
17. Return to Manila Bay 116
18. Search for silver 13 5
19. Pumping station on Corregidor 13 8
20. Plans for escape 142
21. First sight of old Bilibid Prison 148
22. Another train ride 151
23. Clark Field 154
24. The pits 162
25. Leaving Clark Field 166
26. Return to Bilibid Prison - driving detail 167
27. First time at the main camp-Cabanatuan 178
28. Alert for movement out of the Philippines 183
29. Assembly for trip away from the war zone 202
30. Loss of dignity, loss of pride and loss of life 210
31. Down from the mountain. Last leg of the journey 226
32. Moji, Japan 236
33. Loss of a dear friend 239
34. Yet another train 242
35. New experience, new detail and intrigue 253
36. Warmer weather and hotter war in Japan 272
37. The cave-in 280
38. Hotter war—increased torture 284
39. The price of stealing from a victory garden 288
40. Moving again and the bomb—hysteria and revenge 294
41. Food from the sky 322
42. It is over 327

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