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"Escape from Davao" (Simon Schuster, $27.99 hardcover) tells the story from the perspectives of all 10 Americans who were captured after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in the early months of the war and then pulled off the only successful group escape from a Japanese POW camp. The book goes on sale Tuesday.

Indeed, the inhumanity is hard to believe, even now, more than 67 years later. I read the book in two days but had to put it down every so often and catch my breath, the descriptions were so powerful.

A new book about a daring escape from a brutal Japanese prison camp in the Philippines during World War II will make its national debut in Abilene on Thursday. Col. William Edwin Dyess on the cover, will talk about the book at noon Thursday at a brown bag program at the Abilene Public Library. The talk is free; light lunches will be available for $4. Thursday at Texas Star Trading Company, 174 Cypress St.

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Dyess, then a captain and squadron leader, would not know freedom for nearly a year, somehow surviving the harsh conditions, disease and near starvation of three prison camps and a prisoner transport ship. and tell about the conditions under which the men still imprisoned were suffering.

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Dyess Air Force Base was named for Col. Dyess, who grew up in nearby Jordan Cap Design

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However, that turned out to be harder than they could have expected. After Dyess and two other escapees told their story to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the Pacific commander said it needed to be told to the American people and singled out Dyess as the person to tell it.

the biggest hurdle in getting the story out.

Lukacs relates in gripping detail the three week long Bataan Death March, which he calls "the most infamous war crime in the annals of American military history." Nearly 700 Americans and as many as 10,000 Filipinos were executed or died from starvation during the 85 mile walk.

Dyess, however, didn't live to see it in print. He died in a plane crash before the series was published. It was later reprinted in a book, "Bataan Death March: A Survivor's Account," which is still in print (Bison Books, $16.95 paperback).

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Dyess's story eventually was told in a 24 installment series of articles in the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers in early 1944 and helped galvanize public opinion about the war in the Pacific.

10 American POWs fled Japanese prison camp

Albany and was one of the leaders of the group of 10 Americans and two Filipinos who escaped from the Davao prison camp. Three of them were Texans Dyess, Jack Hawkins and Bob Spielman.

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