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Child of War: Son of Angels: A Child's Memoir of Horror and Reconciliation While Imprisoned in World War II-Torn Philippines [Paperback]

Curtis Whitfield Tong


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March 2009
Only hours after bombs fell on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Philippine Islands were attacked by Japan. Living on the islands at that time was youngster Curtis Tong; his two sisters, Eloise and Annarae; and his parents, Walter and Margaret, American missionaries posted in the Philippines. A forced march to Camp John Hay in Baguio with five hundred other American and British prisoners of war introduced this family to a new life of fear and starvation.

Author Curtis Tong vividly recalls his three years as a child prisoner of the Japanese Imperial Army. His father was imprisoned far from his family in Davao, Mindanao for a long stretch of internment. Curtis was further isolated from his mother and sisters, relegated to the men's barracks. His family's difficult journey through several concentration camps and prisons not only exposed Curtis to the sights and sounds of anger, hatred and torture, but also taught him the truths of abiding love.

A fascinating view of war from a child's perspective, Child of War: Son of Angels is a story of adventure, fear and hunger -and hope, love and gratitude to have survived the unthinkable.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (March 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595461670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595461677
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Piece of History Filled In May 22 2009
By C. Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This story is an intimate look at one family's war-time experience in prisoner of war camps in the Philippines during World War II. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The quality of the remembered detail makes it a richly described story. The young boy, the protagonist, describes a deep, emotional warmth, and buoyancy of spirit that helped the family to survive the many horrors they had to endure. I learned so much about that part of the war that was completely new to me. Wonderful story, highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A balanced perspective April 9 2009
By Anne R. Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a thoughtful retrospective by a man now 75 of his experience as a POW when he was 8-11 years old. Son of missionaries, he experienced several different internment facilities, along with some 500 mostly American civilians. The internees, guarded by a small number of Japanese soldiers, establish procedures for self-government and work assignments that sustain them for over three years, mostly in peaceful surroundings. The psychological adjustments of those on both sides tell a fascinating story that is applicable to recent and current military occupations involving civilians. Out of conflict comes often humane understanding and treatment of those on opposing sides, and within the same side.
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