My Hitch in Hell (H)

Lester I. Tenney, Author
Lester I. Tenney, Author Potomac Books $24.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-02-881125-3
Reviewed on: 05/29/1995
Release date: 06/01/1995
Paperback - 219 pages - 978-1-57488-298-8
Paperback - 219 pages - 978-1-57488-806-5
Ebook - 249 pages - 978-1-59797-346-5
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Tenney here recounts his experiences as a GI during the fall of the Philippines in 1941, his participation in the Bataan death march and his three-year ordeal in Camp 17, the harshest POW camp in Japan. He witnessed devastating atrocities, including serial slaughter that was a kind of athletic exercise for the guards. Soon after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, he was set free; his wanderings about the countryside and interactions with Japanese civilians and leaderless soldiers form the most interesting sections of this engrossing book. Tenney suffered unexpected heartbreak when, upon being reunited with his family, he learned that his wife, believing him killed in action, had remarried. He also experienced depression based largely on his image of himself as one of ``the losers who had surrendered'' in the Philippines. In 1988, he revisited Japan and found that his psychic war wounds were beginning to heal. For all the suffering he witnessed and endured, Tenney's memoir is remarkably upbeat. He is a retired professor of finance at Arizona State University. Photos. (June)
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