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Posted by helenh z6 SW MO (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 24, 14 at 11:53

This is not one bit about gardening but I am excited to tell it. My father escaped to Australia in WW II and a book was written by the skipper about the long boat trip carrying 18 sailors. This old book out of print book has been reissued and is on Amazon. My father is only mentioned a few times in it. One of them was about him wishing for ice cream. After I left home and he was retired he had a big bowl of vanilla ice cream in the evenings and the dog also got a bowl at his feet. When he was in the nursing home before his death and had dementia, the nurses were giving him double ice creams. He never ever talked about the escape. I found out after his death from my cousin that he had suffered a head injury when Corregidor was being shelled. We wonder if that contributed to his dementia the last two years of his life.

Here is a link that might be useful: Daddy's story


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What a wonderful keepsake for you to remind you of your father Helen. Did he get to see the book when it originally came out?

It has great reviews. Maybe they'll make it into a movie or documentary someday.


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Yes I have the old hard cover book from 1942 or so. The story was in the Saturday Evening Post in a series of three magazines in the early 1940's. I also have those magazines and also in a veterans' magazine more recently. I was born in Australia where my father met my mother. I came here with my mother at 9 mo old and lived in Kansas with his relatives until my father got back to the states. Ralph Newquist is his name. He greatly respected the skipper for getting him out of there.

Here is a link that might be useful: book website


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