Bataan Survivor
A POW’s Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II
David L. Hardee, Edited by Frank A. Blazich, Jr.
247 pages
6 x 9
18 Illustrations

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ISBN: 978-0-8262-2082-0
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ISBN: 978-0-8262-7359-8

About the Book

The personal memoir of Colonel David L. Hardee, first drafted at sea from April-May 1945 following his liberation from Japanese captivity, is a thorough treatment of his time in the Philippines. A career infantry officer, Hardee fought during the Battle of Bataan as executive officer of the Provisional Air Corps Regiment. Captured in April 1942 after the American surrender on Bataan, Hardee survived the Bataan Death March and proceeded to endure a series of squalid prison camps. A debilitating hernia left Hardee too ill to travel to Japan in 1944, making him one of the few lieutenant colonels to remain in the Philippines and subsequently survive the war. As a primary account written almost immediately after his liberation, Hardee’s memoir is fresh, vivid, and devoid of decades of faded memories or contemporary influences associated with memoirs written years after an experience. This once-forgotten memoir has been carefully edited, illustrated and annotated to unlock the true depths of Hardee’s experience as a soldier, prisoner, and liberated survivor of the Pacific War.


Frank A. Blazich, Jr. is a historian at Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard and is a resident of Washington, D. C.


“This work is unique in that it contains the personal, firsthand account of these [wartime] experiences and it adds to the extensive body of literature on this topic.” –Kelly Crager, Head of the Oral History Project, Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, author of Hell under the Rising Sun: Texan POWs and the Building of the Burma-Thailand Death Railway

“The research is wonderful; I’d even go so far as to say comprehensive.” –Robert Doyle, Professor of History, Franciscan University of Steubenville, author of The Enemy in Our Hands: America’s Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror


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