Belly of the Beast: A POW's Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival Aboard the Infamous WWII Japanese Hell Ship Oryoku Maru

By Judith L. Pearson

"The abdominal of the Beast (is)...a searing tribute...(to) the US in its bleakest hour." —Senator John McCain, writer big apple instances bestseller religion of My Fathers

On December thirteen, 1944, POW Estel Myers was once herded aboard the japanese legal send, the Oryoku Maru, with greater than 1,600 different American captives. greater than 1,100 of them will be useless through journey's end...

The son of a Kentucky sharecropper and an enlistee within the Navy's clinical corps, Myers arrived in Manilla presently earlier than the bombings of Pearl Harbor and the opposite six goals of the Imperial eastern army. whereas he and his fellow corpsmen tended to the bloody tide of squaddies pouring into their as soon as peaceable Naval medical institution, the japanese crushed the Pacific islands, taking pictures 78,000 POWs through April 1942. Myers used to be one of many first captured.

After a brutal three-year encampment, Myers and his fellow POWs have been compelled onto an enemy hell send sure for Japan. Suffocation, malnutrition, illness, dehydration, infestation, insanity, and straightforward melancholy claimed the lives of approximately 3 quarters of these who boarded "the beast".

Myers survived.

A compelling account of a hardly ever recorded occasion in army background, this can be greater than Estel Myers' actual story—this is an homage to the unfailing braveness of fellows at warfare, an inspiring chronicle of self-sacrifice and patience, and a tribute to the ability of religion, the energy of the soul, and the triumph of the human spirit.

"An inspiring examine one in all international conflict II's darkest hours." —James Bradley, writer of Flags of our Fathers and Flyboys

"A searing chronicle." —Kirkus experiences

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Myers headed towards the guy the corpsman had indicated and received a few quinine from him. He additionally chanced on a few ointment for the lip sores. He had no proposal what time it used to be or maybe what day it used to be. He was hoping his prediction approximately reinforcements coming to disencumber them wasn’t faraway from the reality. “You aren’t gonna think what I simply heard. ” Myers was once guffawing for the 1st time in many years. It used to be August 1942 and he’d been at Bilibid for 3 months. “One of the blokes over there speaks a bit eastern. He stated he overheard a Nip shield speaking to one other one a few letter he’d gotten from domestic. The guard’s relations have been complaining. They have been wasting face simply because they couldn’t brag approximately somebody of their kin being killed within the conflict. The letter informed the defend he’d greater regain the family’s honor by way of discovering himself a few struggling with and die, or there’d be hell to pay whilst he acquired domestic. ” “Damn, that will get me the following. ” Tex pointed to his center. “What say we provide the little fella a hand, boys. ” “Wouldn’t i love to,” Tarpy muttered via gritted enamel. “You comprehend, boys, i believe it’s gonna take our troops a number of years to come again the following. That’s an lousy very long time. and that i don’t brain telling you men, I’m scared. ” “I’m scared, too, Tarpy,” Myers stated soberly. “The final orders we had have been to hold on our medical institution tasks. i assume if we hold doing that, the time’ll move speedier. ” Myers, Tex, and Tarpy have been a part of the most cadre of POW employees at Bilibid. Their leader clinical officer informed the corpsmen that once a combating guy is captured, he’s via operating for it slow. yet for a health facility corpsman, the paintings turns into much more taxing. Inconceivably, regardless of the workload and the oppressive worry that dwelt in them all, they stored each other going, by no means stress-free the constitution that's a vital part of a usa naval clinic. For months, the prisoners and sufferers endured to movement out and in. They arrived from the province paintings camps close to loss of life, plagued with accidents, ailment, and malnutrition. It used to be Myers’ task, and that of the opposite clinical team of workers, to patch them up as top they can with their minimum clinical offers and an ever-diminishing foodstuff provide. Bilibid was once not anything greater than a human scrap backyard, the place the unusable is still of guys have been placed again jointly into slightly usable males who have been again to paintings information. the japanese insisted an everyday time table be with out exception. Reveille was once at 0600 with the morning muster—bangou, the japanese known as it—and ten mins worthy of workout starting at 0630. the boys got thirty mins for breakfast at 0700, and at 0730 the paintings information shaped for the day. due to the fact that Myers’ paintings used to be within the sanatorium, he by no means left the camp. different males dependent at Bilibid who weren’t medical institution sufferers labored on scavenging provides for the japanese one of the rubble of Manila or engaged on the grounds of Bilibid. The clinical employees created shifts that ran at the same time to the opposite paintings information, plus they'd a contingent of medical professionals and corpsmen on accountability during the evening in addition.

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