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Oh what was -- but -- march.
Ended December of 1941 after the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor they struck the Philippines is well and then they invaded -- after -- 99 day battle.
That ended on April ninth 1942.
The Japanese -- 76000 men under American command surrendered.
And the Japanese -- the north 66 miles to a rail head.
And during that march day anybody that dropped out essentially would see -- -- it to the death shot or beaten to death.
And that that long terrible march became known as the Bataan death march some 6000 started all the marched 76000 started nobody knows -- -- for people figure about 500 men were killed along the way but.
The march itself -- so many men so weak from disease and and Thurston and hunger that another 12100 of them died in prison camp within the next ninety days so.
It was the largest defeat in American history.
Wanted to sometime while the march itself.
It it really represented and Japanese atrocities with towards Americans.
It hasn't happened before even sense what got you guys I'm Justin didn't.
Well it was their first major land battle for American world war two and that got disinterested and what else and -- -- before them.
I had written a book about the 77 Americans military nurses who were on the time.
Well -- and became not prisoners of war so finish that book and then that led us into tears in the darkness.
And arbitrage -- -- -- among humans horrific well you know they didn't know what to do with them.
So in a way that they retreated slightly better than the men they were put the civilian prison camps -- one -- not that there were any anything good about being any prisoner for nanny -- but I'm.
None of the women died they managed to all stay alive for three years they were -- to -- What is your Brenda what -- largely more.
I was teaching and writing articles falcon didn't -- -- book railroad to -- there.
It is it is you and where it fits right in Ireland and I'm going to blow the doors off than there are times bill solar -- -- all the box it was wonderful and the this is a serious book and -- are not not a -- where.
And so we were thrilled that we're thrilled and surprised salt and doing all of those in -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He was he was 22 year old 24 -- -- -- cowboy who was mother suggested that he enlist in the service in 1940.
Rather -- ranch hand for the rest of his life and of course.
Then he ends up in the Philippines in the army air corps and ends up on the Bataan death march and is a Prisoner of War for.
Days and while he's in prison.
He starts sketchy on the prison floor with a piece of charcoal from a fire.
And as you said he had known well James is a -- worked and -- supply and -- like company.
And I think so I think you've always wanted to be an -- right.
And the book itself is an epic and we just knew we needed one voice to hold little together so that people wouldn't you know could follow from the first page to the last ten.
Then steal from Montana represents the Weston.
I'm you won't find a more intelligent humane man and him so he was the perfect character tremendous insight -- -- wanted to.
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-- -- Wherever that are not aware are you now -- live in Billings Montana Blanca and -- -- -- -- soul.
Thus -- -- there was you know when I told my son and eleven year old actor and has grown up on a cattle ranch on -- Mexico.
Although you near world James.
Evans is a big fan of those involved all the world times books and -- -- tell.
It was just like I told him to electoral on the legitimate some rock -- and but yes I heard.
Jeremy it will Jenkins.
Well I met -- I used to work of that stuff guard come lay out the door here and billing them I used to -- -- by a guard deployed there.
Did you ever try is that they delivered -- always the taking a moment.
Helping clean his house that sort of thing with Connick guy was.
Couple times -- -- took these.
-- article and drew RAM on a lot of good.
If they're excited about that because about those little or who have been that -- intended.
-- -- -- And so that inspired me and they camp who do that I didn't Juno about has -- -- it's very good friend of mine.
Did you like it did not affect -- -- He liked kids -- did you know about his cowboy background quality.
-- I -- -- book before I met a man known.
You think all it was smoke smoking in on all of the writing him this look at -- dollar salary and pardon the smoke in the -- Arsenault.
Slow pullout that's -- kind of a classic down.
Where you -- you're cowboy in Tehran.
-- -- out on -- on the camera and so did you do you think Paula because earthbound.
Discussion over the years.
Above all of those accounts that -- James.
Over perjury in his books whether it was -- -- an argument laws.
I think they promote -- -- that the long cowboy you know -- the Lou no much through.
But it in -- -- a good story of the action on.
-- -- -- Time -- ninety -- also run up to about now.
So tell me about -- -- Norman why do decide to cooperate.
So they can't be up one day and automated data on the glove men -- -- -- -- he came in the building literally met.
Down to comfort in them.
-- a few days together.
And then later on they decided you on -- that -- -- the center of the book.
On the net one of the national convention to pro American to the atomic regular.
Down -- -- San Antonio Texas send.
He hit by the B nuclear blue book and I -- the -- -- -- happy to have.
What do you remember about march itself.
Well I remember -- -- flow was.
'cause I was one of the better in better condition and most of them not.
I hadn't contacted malaria on the town like some of the -- another.
Source I was star Michael -- you know I was.
Heard -- -- were captured.
And I have made them three days ago and I captured in.
Oh in nine days of -- all.
-- -- -- -- -- But.
I was kind of opened the columns and on I -- In fairly good condition in comparison the most of them goes.
I was strong -- them for.
I'm very the treatment by the offense goes up and -- was.
Those those those in here menace of -- -- -- Well -- they hate her grew so intense.
So we gave the bad guy on -- on you know for the -- do.
Well they let go a day long a lot of men on that time.
-- definitely -- contaminant found all you know.
And the end and paper group.
We -- they were grow or -- -- The mandate they lost along lament what do you guys tell -- along well and -- -- Want to get American artillery was very very effective and it really decimated the Japanese or Japanese couldn't believe -- much ammunition the Americans had stockpiled and they suffered is not affect one point two Japanese thought that they might have to withdraw its efforts and many casualties.
You still have a hard feelings about all of -- play the dump all the I've got I've gotten -- world.
You know hate Jews are very destructive or you got to get over and help -- those and I had I was angry over global.
But I taught -- university here and I had Japanese students and they kind of got me over my anger -- living.
-- I thought I have to treat them like here where the -- you know.
The vertical and I met you know I don't know go and do them and by entry my goal -- -- students and we got to be good friend of we are to this day he -- and billing.
Along Nelson -- as an artist himself on the very good doing something charming sourcing and -- table.
We're here this news about -- saying -- yeah.
You know I don't drive they are positive -- -- -- -- The whole -- money and you know.
I asked an -- the Japanese are gonna translate publish the book -- Japan which is going to be very interesting.
-- and and we said to Ben isn't it wonderful that your artwork is going back to Japan.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- I do my thing you know blows the better go to Roosevelt goes a great life you're blocked off my system without -- but.
Then a very good at -- -- kind of ally in favor government.
I was always -- -- and -- but I never thought I'd ever do it until I start doing it.
Let me ask -- I found out that -- -- -- at all unless talent.
How about your -- self -- bounce off a math -- domain to be presumptuous.
Have we ever came to Billings Montana America.
But it made possible senators by Sunday in oh sure cracked because I'd be delighted as positive wearing out -- this -- and let me ask.
Those yeah -- than -- -- I don't know everyone annoying thing about them but bill must although remind him I think it is all brown very organized this is still very nice to talk with a god bless -- -- Hello thank you for your wonderful service you provided to discuss -- you're welcome I was -- a good light them.
Well the model or -- pummeling him.
You get lonely again a little bit they're feeling they have to be ninety period all now yeah right now much -- -- is gonna -- yeah that's how excited by agreeing bananas and goddamn night to write what you know -- then muggings Ben Stiller and after --
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