The War Journal of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause

The War Journal of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause

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One of the most remarkable tales of American military history, The War Journal of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause is one man's chronicle of his incredible 159-day escape from the infamous Bataan Death March and harrowing voyage across the enemy-held Pacific in a leaky, wooden boat during World War II.

Immediately following his return to safety, Major Gause wrote his gripping memoir using his notes from the battered ship's log and the handmade diary he kept throughout the journey. The journal was then stored in the major's footlocker for more than fifty years.

Vividly written with astonishing attention to detail and a surprising sense of humor, this amazing document reveals a true American hero and pays tribute to the bravery of those who fought and died beside him.

Publisher: Rockland, MA : Compass Press, [1999], ©1999
ISBN: 9781568959115
Branch Call Number: 940.5481 Ga
Description: xxxvii, 197 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gause, Damon L. (Damon Lance)


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nsalenga85 Oct 20, 2019

This is a great book of a Veterans Day treasure, the true, first-person account of a captured World War II soldiers incredible escape and courageous journey home, discovered after more than fifty years of all the heroic stories to come out of World War II, few are so extraordinary as that of Major Rocky Gause, who was captured by the Japanese, escaped from the infamous Bataan Death March, and, with a fellow soldier, endured a harrowing voyage across the enemy-held Pacific in a leaky, hand-crafted boat in the battered notebook he kept throughout his journey and later converted to a thrilling narrative, Gause traced his steps from the besieged city of Manila on New Years Eve, 1941, to his safe landing on the Australian coast ten months later.


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