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By Preston John Hubbard

ISBN-10: 0826512372

ISBN-13: 9780826512376

Apocalypse Undone recounts Preston Hubbard's four-and-a-half 12 months odyssey from a tender, idealistic CCC employee to a far older, guy filled with contempt for battle and those that make it. He survived the Bataan loss of life March; imprisonment at Camp O'Donnell, the place the demise price exceded four hundred an afternoon; a jungle paintings aspect on Tayabas Isthmus; the hunger nutrition of Manila's Bilibid criminal; a 17 day voyage to Japan on a Hell send; and a eastern POW camp bombed by means of American planes.

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We KPs were permitted to eat after the completion of the third sitting of each meal. One morning at the KPs' breakfast I met a fellow worker named Richard Murray. Murray was a big Irishman from Wisconsin via Cut Bank, Montana. My first encounter with Murray was an unfriendly one. The casus belli was Murray's charge that I had committed an unpardonable violation of mess hall procedure. S. (creamed chipped beef on toast) and then failing to hold it up so the working KPs could see and refill it. Whether I was actually innocent or guilty I do not remember, but I vehemently denied it and pretended to hold my ground.

After the third check, he became irritable. Suddenly it dawned on me that none of my tickets had been properly processed. When I showed my ticket to the conductor, he really boiled over and screamed at me. In return, I became angry and dared him to put me off the train. For a moment I thought he was going to do it, but he soon cooled off. We did not have to change trains in Denver, but we had a two-hour stopover there before the ride north to Cheyenne and the junction with the main Union Pacific line, which runs through southern Wyoming to Ogden, Utah.

Though reason dictates that the differences between the two eternal classes of Army personnel were learned, I soon had the feeling that personalities somehow came packaged with the uniforms and that an unbridgeable gulf separated how officers and enlisted men saw, thought, and felt about the world around them. Later, an episode demonstrated how it was possible to take advantage Page 11 of that gulf and exploit it. After we had pulled out of the Denver station, two other Army officers came into our car and informed us that they were on duty maintaining the discipline of new Army recruits on the train.

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