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Last Man Out: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway: A Memoir: Surviving the Burma-Thailand Death Railway - A Memoir by [Charles, H. Robert, Hornfischer, James D.]
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Last Man Out", by H. Robert Charles is a non fictional story about the author being captured in a prison camp in World War II. This book is the story about Robert Charles, who was a marine machine gunner aboard the USS Houston which was sunk by the Japanese in Sundra Strait, March 1, 1942. Robert swam nine hours until he was picked up off the coast of Java by the Japanese. He was held captured for forty three months in slave labor camps in Burma, Thailand, and Saigon. The Japanese had forced the prisoners(Americans, British, and Australians) to build a 262 mile stretch of railroad, from Burma south into Thailand, through some of the worst parts of the jungles. Through all of this torture, a doctor, Dr. Henri Hekking, saved the lives of more than 250 Americans, including the author. He saved them by the knowledge of herbs that grew wild in the jungle. Then something that will help these men survive happens. This book is a remarkable story about the treatment that prisoners in slave labor camps received. It shows the dedication that these soldiers had for their countries. This book goes beyond what is taught in the classroom. This man, Robert Charles, was there, living the torture that any person could never imagine that could happen to them. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn what these brave men went through, to save our country from being attacked. They are the heroes that saved us. --America in WW II magazine


Robert Charles was a machine-gunner on the USS Houston, sank by the Japanese in Sundra Straight in 1942. After swimming for nine hours, he was picked up off the Java coast by Japanese forces, and held for forty-three months in slave-labor camps. One of the few to survive the Burma-Thailand railway, Charles brings all his skills as journalist to bear in this harrowing and vivid account which details the brutality of the camps along with the inspiring courage of men such as Henry Hekking, a Dutch Army doctor, whose knowledge of local herbs saved the lives of his fellow POW's, including the author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1503 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076032820X
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; 1st edition (15 Nov. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S741XW
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #570,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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