Amid Th' Encircling Gloom
- Corregidor and Survival
by Al McGrew with Paul Whitman
About the Book
"Corregidor is where I sit and hear the voices of my young friends and colleagues. It's where I sit amidst the broken-down ruins of my youth, America's naive youth, and see in my mind's eye no ruins at all."
Al McGrew experienced, achieved and survived something extraordinary, when others around him did not. He didn't write this book as a memoir, but to relate the experiences of those of his contemporaries who did not survive. When all around him the world was going to hell, he was fortunate to remain in the calm eye of the storm. They may be his memories, but they surely are our treasure.
Travel with Al though his wartime experience full circle from Columbus Ohio, to Angel Island and beyond - into the historic locations of Corregidor, Bilibid Prison, Cabanatuan III POW Camp, Pasay School, Nichols Field, the Hell Ship Noto Maru, Moji and Omori camps in Japan, and then home at last!
The book's 240 pages are 10 x 8 inches (25cm x 20cm) and are comprehensively illustrated with full color photographs of Corregidor Now battlefields, its historic pre-war buildings and scenery, and numerous artifacts. Also featured are the series of four POW drawings by Spencer Bever, Al's childhood friend, who with Al signed on for adventure and excitement - only to collide head first with the Great Pacific War. These poignant sketches, made at the risk of severe beatings, record the life and circumstances of the prisoners' at the Pasay School and their back-breaking years digging away a hill where the second runway of Manila International Airport now stands.
This is the 300 page iPad compatible edition. It contains the entirety of the standard 160 page edition, which remains available only in softcover.
Through the Corregidor Historic Society and, more recently the 503d PRCT Heritage Regiment., Paul presents thirteen publications, all connected in some way with Corregidor and the US Armed Forces in the SWPA during WWII. He started developing the Corregidor.Org website about the 1941-42 siege and the 1945 retaking of Corregidor as a penance for being an insolvency lawyer. Now retired, he has produced ten websites, more than a dozen Military History books, and has co-produced, with Peter Parsons, the documentary of the 1945 retaking of Corregidor - "CORREGIDOR - THE ROAD BACK. He married Rosie in 1980, has three adult children, and hates cats. He lives between two shores, Corregidor and Brisbane, Australia.