By Eugene P. Boyt, David L. Burch
Like many different younger American males through the depression-era Thirties, Gene Boyt entered Franklin D. Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. Later, after receiving an ROTC fee within the military Engineers and a bachelor's measure in mechanical engineering from the Missouri institution of Mines, Boyt joined the Allied forces within the Pacific Theater. whereas construction runways and infrastructure within the Philippines in 1941, Boyt loved the regal lifetime of an American officer stationed in a tropical paradise--but now not for lengthy. whilst the us surrendered the Philippines to Japan in April 1942, Boyt grew to become a prisoner of conflict, ache unthinkable deprivation and brutality by the hands of the ruthless jap guards. one of many final bills to return from a Bataan survivor, Boyt's tale info the notorious Bataan dying March and his next forty-two months in jap internment camps. during this fast paced narrative, Boyt's voice conveys the quiet braveness of the new release of guys who fought and received history's maximum armed clash.
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If Mom was a true lady, Dad was all man, virile and selfconfident. Although their match surprised many people, it is not hard to see how my parents settled upon one another. Each possessed distinctive qualities that complemented the other. Following a brief courtship, they married in early 1915. The person who least understood my mother's attraction to my father was Grandpa Phemister. To put it kindly, he viewed Dad as an undeserving suitor and never understood why Mom forfeited the good life for the uncertain existence my father's job afforded her.
Dad certainly related better to Wesley. I believed, no doubt irrationally, that Dad was not as proud of me because of my smaller stature and more introverted manner. The sibling rivalry never got out of hand, however. Wesley and I were different people. We accepted that. And in the end Dad did, too. In the fall of 1929, when I entered the seventh grade, Dad found steady work in Asher, Oklahoma. We stayed there for the next two years, and I was able to complete junior high in the same school. That much-needed stability allowed my dormant social skills to blossom.
Dad's early life was much rougher than Mom's. His parents, Dan and Ollie, struggled to make a living on an eighty-acre farm while raising eight children. BATAAN: A SURVIVOR'S STORY 4 The family was so poor that my dad had to quit school in the eighth grade to work as a laborer on a neighbor's farm. Determined to make a better life, he tried several jobs before finding his calling in one of the skilled trades of the oil field. If Mom was a true lady, Dad was all man, virile and selfconfident. Although their match surprised many people, it is not hard to see how my parents settled upon one another.