Ex-soldier Lester Tenney continues to
recount his war years, but for good reason.
"I don't want to stop, if you
stop your dead," said Lester Tenney, Veteran.
Tenney survived what is known as "The
Bataan Death March" in Southeast Asia.
Captured soldiers were forced to walk
80 miles in 100 degree temperatures.
If they stopped for any reason, they
"Most people have no idea that
when we were captured and made a POW, we were then forced to do hard
labor in Japan," added Tenney.
Around 70,000 American and Filipino
soldiers were forced to surrender to the Japanese.
Tenney was one of the 1700 soldiers who
survived to tell the tale.
"We were a slave for 3 years
working in coal mines and on docks and in factories," said
Today Tenny is one one of about 20
He says his motivation to make it home
again was simple.
"All during this time in prison
camp, my whole thought was coming home to my wife, and having a
family, and starting life over again," added Tenney.
When he got home Tenney discovered his
wife believed he was killed, and the unthinkable had happened, she
"It was a traumatic experience,"
Tenney still travels as often as
possible, telling his tale and hoping to inspire anyone who will
He's also authored a book, "My
Hitch in Hell."
"I had no idea it was going to be
a book, I wrote it strictly as a manuscript for my family,"
Tenney has since forgiven the Japanese
for their cruel acts.
But he says he will never forget those
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