A SACRIFICE NOT FORGOTTEN

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In May of 1942, the Island of Corregidor fell to Japanese forces.   It was at that time that Ritzville native, Rudy Thaut, was taken prisoner. Rudy spent time in three prison camps near Manila, in the Philippines, including the infamous Cabanatuan prison camp. In November of 1942, Rudy was put aboard a filthy Japanese transport ship and taken to main-land Japan, where he would spend time in three additional camps.

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In May of 1942, the Island of Corregidor fell to Japanese forces.   It was at that time that Ritzville native, Rudy Thaut, was taken prisoner. Rudy spent time in three prison camps near Manila, in the Philippines, including the infamous Cabanatuan prison camp. In November of 1942, Rudy was put aboard a filthy Japanese transport ship and taken to main-land Japan, where he would spend time in three additional camps. Statistics  show that four out of every six U. S. pris- oners in Japanese prison camps during WW II did not survive to the end of the war. Many of those who did survive died within a few years after returning home. Rudy not only survived the camps but he celebrated his 92nd birthday in 2010. This is not only a story of remarkable courage in the face of unspeakable treat- ment but a story of forgiveness. Not only has Rudy lived a productive life but is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

This volume contains historic information about:

  • WWII POWs
  • Rudy Thaut
  • Walt Koch
  • Robert Kent
  • Herb Kent
  • Jasper Holliday
  • Walter Giese
  • Camp Omi
  • Camp Tangawa
  • Camp Umeda
  • Corregidor Island
  • Camp O’Donnell
  • Camp Cabanatuan
  • Philippine Island
  • Bilibid Prison
  • Hell Ships
  • Nagato Maru
  • McDowell, California
  • Ritzville, Washington history

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