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Apocalypse undone: my survival of Japanese imprisonment by Preston John Hubbard

By Preston John Hubbard

Apocalypse Undone recounts Preston Hubbard's four-and-a-half yr odyssey from a tender, idealistic CCC employee to a miles older, guy jam-packed 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 dying 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 through American planes.

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When we got to the wide boardwalk at the dock, I could see an armada of beautiful yachts. " I cringed. I wanted to run back to the gate, but Bob paid absolutely no attention to him. We walked down to the end of the boardwalk where a distinguished-looking man of middle age was working with some ropes. He greeted us in a friendly manner, and Bob introduced us. After that I followed the code of etiquette Bob had prescribed for me: I kept my mouth shut. Bob and the man immediately became engaged in boating talk.

Her account was fascinating. Even after nearly fifty years, I clearly recall her words and tone of voice. Our hostess then decided that Bob and I should conclude our visit with some good seafood; so off we went to a large restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf. It was only a short drive from Fisherman's Wharf to the Ft. Mason docks, where Bob and I said our good-byes to our gracious hostess and her son. It had been an absolutely wonderful holiday weekend, except that it passed all too quickly. Our hostess invited us to spend the next weekend with them, and we gladly accepted; but the Army had other plans for Bob and me.

On the occasions when he plucked me and my friend from the sides of our girlfriends, we set Olympic records getting back into action. Finally, the conductor, weary and bedraggled, gave up trying to protect the civilian passengers from the Army scum. The Union Pacific journey came to an end at the Oakland waterfront. There we said good-bye to our girlfriends and boarded a ferry for the Ft. Mason dock area where I was to board another ferry for Angel Island. It was dusk, and the lights of San Francisco across the bay beckoned us like a magnetic lure.

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