Today's presentation was by Chris Shaefer, author of "Bataan Diary" and the script for the World War II documentary "Forgotten Soldiers". The content of Bataan Diary comes from the actual diaries of Colonel Frank R lloyd and his wife, Evelyn, relatives of Mr Shaefer, as well as other accounts.
Forgotten Soldiers is scheduled to premier on PBS in 2013. Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, the story is told of General Douglas MacArthur's Phllipine Scouts who were left behind after General MacArthur was ordered to escape to Austrailia. The Scouts were a special US Army Unit composed of Filipino Soldiers and American Officers who kept the Japanese at bay at the beginning of the war.
After Gen MacArthur's departure, the Scouts were surrounded, starved out and eventually subjected to one of the worst atrocities of modern warfare - the Bataan Death March.
Mr Shaefer teaches classes on World War II and Middle East history at the Osher Learning Institute at thee University of Utah.
Thanks to President Paul Damon for arranging this very informative presentation.