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Corporal Duane E. Dewey, a resident of Hawthorne, Florida, was the first man to be awarded the MEDAL OF HONOR by
date is March 12, 1953
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Winston-Salem, North Carolina, August 6, 2011
"In war there are no unwounded soldiers."
A documentary produced in 2008
by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
at the University of Florida
“I Just Wanted to Live!”
Chat with Colonel Phil O. Newman
WELCOME TO CROOKEDFENCES
My wife and I have a five-acre property in Alachua, Florida. We named our property "Crooked Fences" because we have crooked fences, hence the name of my web site.
This crookedfences web site pays tribute to the men and women veterans of our community. More than 21,000 veterans live in Alachua County.
As a volunteer for the Military Support Group of Alachua County, I have had the honor of meeting many of these men and women (and their families) who serve this great nation.
What I have learned, and I hope you will, too, is:
IT'S ALL ABOUT FREEDOM!
This documentary is based on the oral histories of four men who were POWs held for more than three years by the Japanese during World War II. These men, as well as the rest of the U.S.-Filipino forces, had barely survived the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines. They fought with minimal food rations and inadequate ammunition against a well-supplied Japanese army.
Following General Edward King’s surrender of his troops (60,000 Filipinos and 15,000 Americans) on April 9, 1942, these men suffered the extreme brutality of the nine-day, 70-mile Bataan Death March, and then the horrific internment camps of O’Donnell and Cabanatuan. Arguably, however, the most nightmarish part of these POWs’ ordeal was being crammed into the so-called Japanese “Hell Ships.” Then, having endured all this inhumane treatment, the prisoners became slave laborers in Japan for the remainder of the war.
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By: Diane Fischler
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LOCAL VETERANS HONORED
World War II veterans Bob Gasche, Don Rothwell, and Tom Santarsiero where honored at half time during the Florida Gators and Jacksonville State game on November 17, 2012.
Colonel Phil O. Newman,
Veteran, World War II
historian dies January 5, 2013 at 89.
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