WAR DOG Chapter 4 Prison Camp In Hell...

WAR DOG Chapter 4 Prison Camp In Hell Part 1

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#1 Aug 6, 2010
The final battle for Coggigador was horrorific.It was fought mostly with small arms with fixed bayonets and hand to hand combat. One of Soochow's 4th Marine buddies from Company B was found deceased in his foxhole along with 10 dead Japanese soldiers. He had killed them all with his rifle and bayonet! Wave after wave of the enemy came ashore and although they suffered heavy losses they would eventually overrun the defenders. Machine guns were blazing until their barrels melted and grenades exploded everywhere. Where Soochow was during this final holocaust is not known but the fact that he survived was miraculous. After the surrender the men were split up and sent off to different prison camps and the fact that they were allowed to take Soochow and another dog with them is also miraculous. After spending several months in Bilibid prison camp Soochow and some of the survivors from the 4th Marines were transfered th the infamous "Cabanatuan" prison camp in Hell. Many of the men that went in there never came out and the ones that did were half-starved and sick with malnutrition. Very little is known about Soochows life in that terrible place. About the only food given to the prisoners was rice and poor Sooch hated the stuff. It was a real treat to catch one of the large rats they called "Cabanatuan beef" and any other critter that wanderded into the camp including cats and dogs which was the unfortunate fate of the other dog brought in by the Marines and was alowed to wander. Soochow was not allowed a ration of food so each man chipped in a few grains of rice and put in any bugs that they could find and that is what Soochow lived on for almost three years.
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