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My Hitch in Hell, New Edition

By: Lester I. Tenney,Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale USN - Ret.
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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Summary

Captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan, Lester I. Tenney was one of the very few who would survive the legendary Death March and three and a half years in Japanese prison camps. With an understanding of human nature, a sense of humor, sharp thinking, and fierce determination, Tenney endured the rest of the war as a slave laborer in Japanese prison camps. 

My Hitch in Hell is an inspiring survivor's epic about the triumph of human will despite unimaginable suffering. This edition features a new introduction and epilogue by the author.

©1995 Potomac Books, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Horrifying but well told

How could anyone live through this and stay sane.
To come home without a hero’s welcome is beyond understanding but epilogue does much to explain some of the reasons why.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-20

Best Story I have ever listened to

Start to finish this book was captivating, well told and my hats off to this true American hero. Thank you for telling your story!

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  • Just_Shoppin
  • 13-10-20

Greatness period!

This is a must have book. It tells the story of the Bataan March but it covers what lead up to the fall of Bataan and life as a POW. Most of the book is about the experience of being a POW during WWII. This is a personal account with many gruesome details not always talked about. I loved it cover to cover, give it a try you'll know if this ones for you in an hour.

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  • Juan Gonzalez
  • 29-09-20

good story

some how the story remains uplifting. It peeked my in the subject my grandfather was in Company H of the 200th Coast Artillery

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-21

Great book!

this is one of the best books I've ever read/listened to. this man's story and many others should be in all history books, and why they're not saddens me deeply

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  • David C. Miller
  • 19-08-21

You Are There . . .

Tenney paints a very vivid picture of what these men endured thru Japanese prison camps.
At times (* most of the time ) it was difficult for me listen to.
The historical Bushido code made these ‘soldiers’ barbaric, unmerciful, sadistic.. Unfortunately, these soldiers were the worst of the worst, not even fit for combat. So you can imagine they're ignorance.

How he didn’t "go off” and slug a Jap is beyond me. I know I could not have lasted 3 1/2 years.
It also very interesting how the prisoners helped each other, not the -dog-eat-dog world you might imagine.

He was smart in that he made a good effort in learning the Japanese language, and this helped him thru immeasurably,.

One Sgt in charge of the men at one camp, was selfish and mean spirited. The Japanese gave him the ‘honor’
of disciplining the prisoners. He’s sadistic nature caught up with him, KARMA.
On the ship ride back to the states, it states he never got off the pier, In other words, they dumped
his sorry A$$ overboard.

This is a great read, and the narrator makes come alive. Can’’t recommend it enough.



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  • Ode123
  • 18-10-22

wow- simply- wow

this book was beyond amazing. heartbreaking and inspiring all at once. I had no idea any of this happened - shame on me for being so uninformed until this hearing this book.

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  • Bob
  • 01-10-22

Endless health stories

More time spent discussing bowel movements, vomiting and endless health stories than anything historical about Baatan death march. I appreciate what he went through but this is not informative at all.

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  • Wendy Bolen
  • 01-09-22

Profound

Every American should read this or listen to this. Written by a true hero and capturing a part of history many Americans know nothing about, including myself. The end of the book where the author talked about the power of forgiveness had a profound and very touching effect on me. I recommend this story.

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  • David Sanchez
  • 22-08-22

Not in anyone’s history books

Tenney relates a genuine sense of the mental, emotional and physical reality of being in the Bataan death march and subsequent maltreatment. Less grandiose than Bridge on the River Kwai, Tenney’s tenacity and positive attitude reflect well on this witness to sadistic behavior long hidden by Japanese and US governments alike.

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  • Kenneth Riley
  • 08-08-22

I WAS STATIONED THERE

I was stationed in the PI from 1967 to 1969 at Camp ODonnel. I was unaware of the extent of the tragedy that took place there. I found it soo interesting learning about the history of the march and the brutality that took place. I had to go to Crow Vally from time to time when it was a Gunnery range for the F-4s out of Clark AFB. At the time that I was stationed there it was a small Communication site and as a Air Force Security Police man I was able to travel all over the area while working with the nationals. On one occasion I and one of my fellow police men went out to the monument to the original Camp OD. We had to walk through a lot of high grass to find the monument sitting in the middle of nowhere. Now I am able to connect the dots based upon the book. I really did not know that McArthur had given up on the PI and more or less lett them to die. I can only say that he was not as great as he was made out to be. Yes he did "return" but look what he left behind!! This was more than a history lesson for me. My heart goes out to the survivors of Bataan and all of the prisoners that had to suffer under the brutality along with laboring in the Coal mines in Japan for all of those years. God bless the American fighting man and the allies that supported them.