Hear Stephen L. Moore tell the heroic story of eleven American Prisoners of War who defied certain death during World War II at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Allen Public Library.
As Good as Dead is his unforgettable account of the Palawan Massacre survivors and their daring escape. Preventing the rescue of American prisoners of war by the advancing Allies on December 14, 1944, units of the Japanese Fourteenth Army, under the command of General Tomoyuki Yamashita, ordered the POWs back to their own camp. During an air raid warning, 150 of the POWs at Puerto Princesa hid in three covered trenches for refuge; the Japanese soldiers ignited the trenches using barrels of gasoline. Attempting to escape, most were shot and killed by machine gun fire. Eleven dared all odds and survived.
Kathe McDole declares, “My father, Glenn McDole, was one of the survivors of the Palawan Massacre…. Stephen Moore did so much research on this and put in so much detail. It was great to see pictures of all the men who escaped (with the exception of Pop Daniels). I could finally put faces with the men I had never met but knew so well from my dad. Thank you, Steve, for telling this story again and keeping all the men who were murdered and those who survived in the hearts and souls of all of us.”
Stephen’s latest Texas book is the non-fiction companion to the History Channel's Texas Rising, the 2015 ten-hour mini-series drama about the Texas Revolution and the early Texas Rangers.
A frequent lecturer for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas at the Alamo, the San Jacinto Museum of History, and various historical organizations, Stephen has twice been a featured author at the Texas Book Festival in Austin and is a contributing book reviewer for the Dallas Morning News.
Copies of Stephen’s books will be available for purchase and signing.
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information. Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free.