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Lorelie L. (artgal36) reviewed Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: The True Story of a Missionary Family's Survival and Faith in a Japanese Prisoner-Of-War Camp During Wwii on + 471 more book reviews
Machine-gun fire erupted outside the vermin-infested prison in Manila, ricocheting off the walls, shattering glass. Don and his family threw themselves on the concrete floor, then dashed toward the stairs to avoid stray bullets. If the American tanks breeched the wall, they could be killed in the crossfire. But if the tanks withdrew, they could be killed at the hands of their captors. This wasn't the first time they had feared for their lives. Nor was it the first time that freedom had seemed so close.
Eighteen-yea-old Don Mansell, his brother, and his parents were sailing to Africa as missionaries and were caught in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Three weeks later they were taken prisoner in Baguio and spent the next three years in a Japanese concentration camp. Liberation came 37 months later when General MacArthur's forces retook the Philippines.