World War II Prisoners of War
It was a trudge. Most of the men were sick, they had dysentery, they had malaria, they had a gunshot wound.
Their Japanese captors showed no mercy for the ill or wounded, Tenney said. The man fell down, the Japanese took a bayonet and put it in him. I mean, two seconds.
Nothing I can do about it, but I can feel guilty because I feel that they were better than I was. Tenney is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Betty, a son, two stepsons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and fellow WWII veterans. Explore Museum digital assets to learn more about the six-month fight to take the island of Guadalcanal, a vital step in defeating the Japanese in the Pacific theater.
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Prisoner of war
After landing behind enemy lines, Lt. Kovar struggled to avoid capture by enemy soldiers and civilians angry about the damage done by American bombs. This is a candid telling of his eventual capture and his incredible battle to survive life as a prisoner of war at the end of World War II: the mental and physical stamina he developed to face the various camps and death marches.