Too Dead To Die, A Memoir of Bataan and Beyond
On April 9, 1942, an allied force estimated at 68,000 men, including 12,000 Americans, surrendered to the Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. That day, these men disappeared from public sight in the West. The surrender began an ordeal of death, torture, disease, deprivation and slavery that, for the American soldiers who survived it, ended only after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in August of 1945. Too Dead to Die is the story of one man's survival.
Steve Raymond, an Army Air Corps clerk, had been converted to a frontline infantry sergeant by the time of the surrender on Bataan. As this book describes with vividness and detail that can be achieved only in an account begun as the events unfolded, he survived the Bataan Death March and nearly 3? years in the archipelago of Japanese slave labor camps.
These "fabulous stories" Raymond first recorded in a diary kept on scraps of paper and in notebooks - anything on which he could write. A determination to bear witness motivated him through the terrors and privations of captivity.
Home at last in 1945, he spent his first months of freedom recreating early diaries lost when a Hell Ship to Japan sank. He began drafting a memoir but soon lost interest. Over the years he sometimes took the memoir out of the drawer and expanded it.
Finally, in 2003, he got his manuscript into the hands of Mike Pride, a New Hampshire newspaper editor and amateur historian. Pride became Raymond's editor and co-author, reshaping the manuscript into a streamlined narrative.
- Authors: Steve Raymond and Mike Pride
- Cover: Charlotte Thibault
- Drawings: Ben Steele
- Binding: Hardcvover
- Number of pages: 214
- Publisher: Plaidswede Publishing Co. (October 15, 2006)