Oral History Interview with Frank H. Bigelow, June 13, 2002

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Interview with Navy veteran Frank H. Bigelow, survivor of the siege of Corregidor. The interview includes Bigelow's personal experiences about being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II, boyhood in North Dakota, various jobs during the Great Depression, and enlisting in the Navy. Additionally, Bigelow speaks about volunteering for duty in the Philippines and his assignment to the submarine tender USS Canopus, pre-war military life in the Philippines, the Japanese bombing of Cavite Navy Yard and the destruction of the Canopus, retreating to Bataan and to Corregidor, the fall of Corregidor, his confinement in the 92nd Garage area, the forced march down Dewey Boulevard in Manila and confinement at Cabanatuan, hell ship to Japan, coal mining for Mitsui Heavy Industries, the amputation of his leg by fellow prisoners after a mining accident, liberation, and the destruction in Nagasaki due to the atomic bomb. The interview includes an appendix with an article titled "A Soldier's Story."

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Creation Date: June 13, 2002
Partner(s):
UNT Oral History Program
Collection(s):
UNT Oral Histories
Texas Oral History Collection
World War Two Collection
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
Date(s):
  • Creation: June 13, 2002
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas
Place
Philippines
Place
United States - North Dakota
Place
Philippines - Bataan
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Japan
Place
Philippines - Manila Region - Manila
Place
Japan - Kyūshū-chihō - Nagasaki Prefecture - Nagasaki
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
New South, Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Depression, 1877-1939
From 1921 to June 2002
Description:

Interview with Navy veteran Frank H. Bigelow, survivor of the siege of Corregidor. The interview includes Bigelow's personal experiences about being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II, boyhood in North Dakota, various jobs during the Great Depression, and enlisting in the Navy. Additionally, Bigelow speaks about volunteering for duty in the Philippines and his assignment to the submarine tender USS Canopus, pre-war military life in the Philippines, the Japanese bombing of Cavite Navy Yard and the destruction of the Canopus, retreating to Bataan and to Corregidor, the fall of Corregidor, his confinement in the 92nd Garage area, the forced march down Dewey Boulevard in Manila and confinement at Cabanatuan, hell ship to Japan, coal mining for Mitsui Heavy Industries, the amputation of his leg by fellow prisoners after a mining accident, liberation, and the destruction in Nagasaki due to the atomic bomb. The interview includes an appendix with an article titled "A Soldier's Story."

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93, [8] p. ; 28 cm.

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Keyword(s): oral histories | biographies | interviews | POW | prisoners of war | Great Depression
Added Title: A Soldier's Story
Series Title: National Museum of the Pacific War
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UNT Oral History Program
Collection:
UNT Oral Histories
Collection:
Texas Oral History Collection
Collection:
World War Two Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: Number 1464
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc306899
Resource Type: Book
Format: Text
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Access: Use restricted to UNT Community
Statement: All rights reserved. To request a copy, contact the Oral History Program.