On April 9, 1942, an allied force estimated at 68,000 men, including 12,000 Americans, surrendered to the Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. That day, these men disappeared from public sight in the West. The surrender began an ordeal of death, torture, disease, deprivation and slavery that, for the American soldiers who survived it, ended only after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in August of 1945.
Too Dead to Die is the story of one man’s survival. Steve Raymond, an Army Air Corps clerk, had been converted to a frontline infantry sergeant by the time of the surrender on Bataan. As this book describes with vividness and detail that can be achieved only in an account begun as the events unfolded, he survived the Bataan Death March and nearly 3½ years in the archipelago of Japanese slave labor camps.
the moment Steve Raymond first heard a Japanese guard screamed “Kurah!” to the
glorious dawn of liberation, Too Dead to Die takes readers through his odyssey
as he lived it. It is the poignant story of a resourceful man waking each day
under the shadow of death but resolving to live. With the skills of an Eagle
Scout and the willpower to eat filthy orange peels, insects, fish guts and
anything else that might provide the nutrients he needed, he endured a nightmare
that seemed to have no end.
Finally, in 2003, he got his manuscript into the hands of Mike Pride, a New
Hampshire newspaper editor and amateur historian. Pride became Raymond’s editor
and co-author, reshaping the manuscript into a streamlined narrative.