Georgianne Burlage discusses her WWII history book about her father’s captivity in “Living in the Shadow of a Hell Ship” (University of North Texas Press, 2020)

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Gerogianne Burlage hell ship

Georgianne Burlage discusses her WWII history book about her father’s captivity in “Living in the Shadow of a Hell Ship”

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Interview Timeline

Georgianne Burlage is daughter of WWII veteran George Burlage. She has taught secondary history and journalism for more than thirty years and is a national officer of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society. She put this book together from her father’s personal notes. We spoke about her father’s WWII captivity in the Pacific and the book.

(THE AUDIO PLAYER IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST.)

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1:09 – Georgianne explains why she put her father’s WWII letters together in a book.

2:42 – Georgianne talks about her father’s career

4:28 – Georgianne talks about what she included in the book. She also talks about her father’s anger over the Japanese.

6:52 – Georgianne talks about how her father recorded what happened.

7:36 – Georgianne talks about the hell ships and what her father experienced in one.

14:06 – Georgianne talks about some sabotage the Americans did.

17:14 – Georgianne talks about non-American POWs.

18:43 – Georgianne talks about what they ate and their sicknesses.

20:03 – Georgianne talks about the POW approach to rescue.

21:41 – Georgianne talks about her dad’s rank and job.

29:15 – Georgianne talks about her dad’s philosophy about what he faced. We also discuss the difficulties the POWs faced.

32:15 – Georgianne talks about what research she did to complete the book.

34:38 – Gerogianne talks about the photos and illustrations in the book.

36:56 – Georgianne talks about how her grandmother reacted to learning his son was alive.

41:42 – Georgianne talks about how her father reenlisted and stayed in the USMC.

43:35 – Georgianne talks about a 1967 Fall of the Philippines trip her father took.

46:18 – Georgianne talks about the veterans’ associations her father was part of.

48:21 – Georgianne talks about how her father created top tens to survive in captivity.

52:49 – Georgianne talks about how she really got to know her dad better through this book and about the will to live.

56:08 – Georgianne talks about how the US abandoned the troops in the Philippines. She also discusses MacArthur’s attitude towards Marines.

60:02 – Georgianne mentions wishing he had some more details about some of what he went through.

1:05:03 – Information on the book can be found on facebook and on the University of North Texas Press.

Links of interest

https://amzn.to/2MdHS8d

https://untpress.unt.edu/catalog/3901

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Contact Information

For more “Military History Inside Out” please follow me at www.warscholar.org, on Facebook at warscholar, on twitter at Warscholar, on youtube at warscholar and on Instagram @crisalvarezwarscholar. Or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify Please see historyrabbithole.com for a list of my dozen or so blogs and podcasts. You’re sure to find something you like.

Guests: Georgianne Burlage

Host: Cris Alvarez

Tags: Books, audio interviews, author, podcast, University of North Texas Press, WWII, United States,

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