"It was the 1930s in southern Alabama where cotton and cornfields were the backdrop of my childhood stage. I was growing up just like everyone else - wrapped in a simple and predictable way of life. Folks were the same, weather was the same, the calendar was the same. It was such an uncomplicated time that I could never have imagined that in just a few short years the entire world would be engulfed in war and that I would be caught in the middle of it. Where I lived in Lowndes County, events in Europe and Asia, as menacing as they were, seemed light-years away. I would soon discover that they were not so far away after all."
So begins this powerful memoir about a teenage boy who, during the summer of 1941 after his high school graduation, realizes he’s in love with a 16-year-old beautiful brunette he has known since first grade. In the heat of a grief-stricken and passion-filled moment, however, he makes an impulsive decision that will change his life in a dark and cruel way. Running away from home, he falsifies his age and hurriedly joins the Army, telling none of his family or friends. Within a month, he is halfway around the world, stationed in the Philippines, propelled into manhood, and all too soon engaged in horrific combat against the Japanese.
After months of fierce fighting, Frazier's heart is broken and his mind is numb as he watches while Old Glory is lowered and replaced by the Japanese flag of the Rising Sun. Overnight everything changes and his freedom, along with the freedom of thousands of others, instantly disappears. During the next seven nights and six days, and for 90 miles, he is subjected to the unspeakable and inhumane horrors of the infamous Bataan Death March. But that is just the beginning. Frazier becomes a shell of a man as he suffers three and a half years of brutal and unmerciful treatment as a prisoner of war in the Philippines and later in Japan.
This compelling story will make you keep listening until the last chapter is heard and true freedom and peace are regained.
"Colonel Frazier's story of survival makes him a hero - his story of forgiveness makes him a legend!" (Timothy Frost, retired Staff Sergeant, United States Army)
Great book to put today's life in perspective that whatever troubles you're going through could be a hell of a lot worse.
First of all this story had a great ending in what Col. Frazier found, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that he could overcome the hatred of the Japanese people. And second, I do realize that this is one personal account of what happened on Bataan. And I do wish that I had read this book 1st. But after reading Michael and Elizabeth Norman's Book Tears in the Darkness, I found that it had a more detailed account from hundreds of survivors of both of the Bataan death march and the POW prisons in Japan. I also found that Colonel Frazier's account of years after the war seemed a bit boring at times. I do not want to take anything away from him for I know he suffered greatly at the hands of the Japanese. But both Tears in the Darkness and Unbroken are far better written books on the accounts of men suffering and overcoming their hatred for a enemy that was barbaric and cruel beyond all measure.