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Teenage P.O.W.  

MOLLI MEMBER PRESENTATION

John W. MacDonald

Wednesday, April 9, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building, Room 203, UM

As a teenager in a missionary family in the Philippines, John W. MacDonald and his family fled to the hills when Japanese Forces invaded their town Legaspi on December 12, 1941. After seven months, they were captured and transferred to Manila to Santo Tomas Internment Camp for a few weeks, then allowed to live at the Mission compound in the city. In July 1944, they were re-interned at Los BaƱos Internment Camp, forty miles south-east of Manila. By Christmas, they were on starvation rations and conditions continued to worsen. On February 23, 1945, all 2200+ internees were rescued from behind Japanese lines by a classic raid conducted by Filipino guerrillas, Army Scouts, paratroops, and amphibious tractors. After liberation, John moved to Missoula where he finished high school and two years at the University of Montana before enlisting in the Air Force for pilot training. During his twenty year Air Force career, he served in the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War.

Please come join us to hear John W. MacDonald share this amazing experience with his fellow MOLLI members!

Free with MOLLI membership. Share your love of MOLLI and bring a friend. Seating is limited. Please RSVP with the MOLLI office at 406.243.2905 by Wednesday, April 2, 2014.