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A Loving and Patriotic Man

A Loving and Patriotic Man

Mr. Flegg's love for his comrades and his country offer a compelling end to his war experience.

Unusual Greeting and Response

Unusual Greeting and Response

Mr. Flegg arrives at the Yokohama dock and describes an unusual greeting arranged by the Americans. A truckload of attractive women arrives and the men's reaction is very amusing.

Delivering the Bread

Delivering the Bread

Mr. Flegg describes the artful use of American fighters to deliver bread to the liberated camp at Oyama.

The War Ends

The War Ends

Work stops at Oyama mine, and after a meting of his Japanese superiors, Mr. Flegg is instructed to return his men to camp. The next morning the camp commandant tells the POWs that the war is over.

Flea Bitten

Flea Bitten

Mr. Flegg talks about a pest unique to Japan - fleas, and how it was impossible to get rid of them.

Mail Censorship

Mail Censorship

Mr. Flegg discusses the two pieces of mail he received in his time overseas, one a postcard signed by everyone in his hometown, and the other, a hollowed letter from his dad.

Life in Camp was Difficult

Life in Camp was Difficult

Mr. Flegg discusses several aspects of daily life in the Oyama camp; clothing, heat, and personal hygiene.

Liked As a Honcho

Liked As a Honcho

As a honcho, essentially a shop steward, Mr. Flegg was well liked by his men. He earned their respect because although he didn't have to work, he was always helping his men in the mine.

Giving Up

Giving Up

Mr. Flegg comments on how fragile life could be for those who were overworked and starving.

Rotten Fish and Maggot Soup

Rotten Fish and Maggot Soup

At the mine, Mr. Flegg's work crew 'feasts' on a soup made from rotten fish and maggots.

Will to Live

Will to Live

Mr. Flegg offers insight into how hard work and starvation reduce men to skeletons, but whose spirit still enabled many of them to work and survive.

Eventful Voyage to Japan

Eventful Voyage to Japan

Mr. Flegg survives a dangerous voyage to Japan. His first ship is holed and makes it to port listing badly. He is transferred to a tanker which is sailing in a convoy. The convoy is torpedoed, but his vessel escapes only to then face a storm with thirty foot seas.

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