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And They Returned: Life in Leyte During World War II

Evelyn Chapman Castillo

Memories and family stories weave together to provide a personal understanding of the WWII Japanese invasion and occupation of the Philippines. Married at age twelve to a thirty-year-old American, Hipolita bore ten children before her husband's death. The young widow faced the 1941 invasion of Leyte alone, taking her American looking family into hiding in the mountains before being forced to live under Japanese occupation. Her youngest daughter chronicles the atrocities of war, the surprising skills needed to survive, and the unlikely love that created a family strong enough to come through each devastating turn of the war. First-hand memories of the grim realities of occupation, the bloody assault of the U.S forces for the liberation of Leyte; MacArthur's landing at Red Beach, the desperate struggle by the Japanese forces to take back the island, and the ongoing bombings by the Japanese on the American-held island are a legacy of war that this powerful memoir ensures will not be forgotten. Though the fearsome Kempetei, the Japanese secret police, ravaged her beautiful home, Hipolita and her family returned and rebuilt, an iconic example of the strength of family to overcome even the most desperate times.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bright Sky Press
  • Publish Date: Jan 30th, 2016
  • Pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.10in - 6.10in - 0.90in - 1.05lb
  • EAN: 9781942945116
  • Categories: HistoricalMilitary - World War II

About the Author

The wife of the late Leonel J. Castillo, one of the co-founders of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Houston International University, Evelyn survived the Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands during WWII. After meeting Leonel while he was stationed in the Philippines in the Peace Corp, they eventually settled in Houston where they both remained very active in social and political causes. Evelyn still resided in Houston, Texas, and likes to spend her time with her two children and nine grandchildren.
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