Prisoner of the Rising Sun

Prisoner of the Rising Sun : The Lost Diary of Brig. Gen. Lewis Beebe

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A never-before-published account of the experience of an American officer at the hands of Japanese captors, "Prisoner of the Rising Sun" offers new evidence of the treatment accorded officers and shows how the Corregidor prisoners fared compared with the ill-fated Bataan captives. When Japanese aircraft struck airfields in the Philippines on December 8, 1941, Col. Lewis C. Beebe was Gen. Douglas MacArthur's chief supply officer. Promoted to brigadier general, he would become chief of staff for General Wainwright in 1942. Beebe kept diary records of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, their advance to Manila and capture of the Bataan Peninsula, and their assault on Corregidor. When Japanese troops took Corregidor, Beebe was among those captured. During his captivity, Beebe recorded in his diary descriptions of poor rations, inadequate medical care, and field work in camps in the Philippines, on Taiwan, and in Manchuria. He also describes the sometimes greedy behavior of his fellow captives, as well as a lighter side of camp life that included POW concerts and Red Cross visits. Annotation and an epilogue by General Beebe's son, Rev. John M. Beebe, add details about his military career, and an introduction by historian Stanley L. Falk places the diary in the context of the broader American experience of captivity.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 13 b&w photos., 1 cartoon, 6 maps, 9 illustrations, index
  • 1585444812
  • 9781585444816

About John M. Beebe

JOHN M. BEEBE served in combat in Korea and Vietnam before retiring and entering the ministry. He now lives in San Antonio. STANLEY L. FALK, former chief historian of the U.S. Air Force, is the author of Bataan: The March of Death.show more

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