My Hitch in Hell


My Hitch in Hell

The Bataan Death March, New Edition

new edition

Lester I. Tenney
Foreword by James B. Stockdale
With a new introduction and epilogue by the author

Memories of War Series

264 pages
19 photographs, 1 map, 1 appendix, index


October 2018


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About the Book

Captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan, Lester I. Tenney was one of the very few who would survive the legendary Death March and three and a half years in Japanese prison camps. With an understanding of human nature, a sense of humor, sharp thinking, and fierce determination, Tenney endured the rest of the war as a slave laborer in Japanese prison camps. My Hitch in Hell is an inspiring survivor’s epic about the triumph of human will despite unimaginable suffering. This edition features a new introduction and epilogue by the author.

Author Bio

Lester I. Tenney (1920–2017) was a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March. He was a prisoner of war of the Japanese for a total of three and a half years. After a brief stint as a high school teacher, he entered the insurance business. He worked with the Arizona state legislature in developing a retirement and insurance program for all Arizona state employees. He was also a professor at Arizona State University. He is the author of several books, including The Courage to Remember: PTSD—From Trauma to Triumph. James B. Stockdale (1923–2005) was a U.S. Navy vice admiral and aviator who was held for seven years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War and was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor. 


“Although I make my living by writing, I find I’m at a loss for words in telling you what a superb job you have done. I read the book in one sitting and was gripped by it on every page, indeed in every paragraph. . . . Thanks for writing the book and for showing all of us how with good will, perseverance, determination, teamwork, and more, good triumphs over evil.”—Stephen E. Ambrose, from a letter to the author

“Riveting. . . . A grim story of heroic survival.”—Kirkus Reviews

"My Hitch in Hell will continue to be a worthwhile book for both World War II scholars and buffs."—Paul W. Ropp, Journal of America's Military Past

“What gets you through torture and isolation with self-respect intact? Let Tenney show you in this book.”—Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, USN (Ret.)

Table of Contents

1. A Hitch in Company B
2. Surprise Attack
3. The Fall of Bataan 
4. The March
5. Our First Camp
6. Life with the Guerrillas
7. Back to Bataan--to Work
8. Cabanatuan
9. The Nightmare Ship
10. The Coal Mine
11. Camp 17
12. Fun and Games
13. "We Honor You with Head Cut Off"
14. Bombs and Beatings
15. Our War Is Over
16. "America and Japan Now Friends"
17. Looking for the Americans
18. Meeting My Brother
19. Back to the Philippines
20. Home at Last
21. Japan Revisited

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