Copyright (C) 1985 by Colonel Eugene C. Jacobs.
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A Medic’s Sketch Book
Colonel Eugene C. Jacobs
Edited by Sam Rohlfing,
Vero Beach, Florida
A Hearthstone Book
Carlton Press, Inc. New York, N.Y.
To my wife, Judy, a beautiful person.
© 1985 by Colonel Eugene C. Jacobs
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Manufactured in the United States of America
The purpose of Blood Brothers is to acquaint the reader with a series
of harrowing incidents experienced by the isolated U.S. Armed Forces
in the Far East during World War II.
We might well be voicing the words of Saint Paul which were
recorded in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter I) verse 8:
“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which
came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above
strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life!”
Of his First Guerrilla Regiment, General Douglas MacArthur stated that
“He had acquired a force behind the Japanese lines that would have a
far reaching effect on the war in the days to come”; that it had kept
“Freedom’s Flames burning brightly throughout the Philippines”; that
it had produced a “human drama with few parallels in military
history”; and later, during the landing in Lingayen Gulf, had
“accomplished the purposes of practically a front line division.”
MacArthur further stated that “the courageous and splendid resistance
maintained by you and your command filled me with pride and
Of the Hell Ship Oryoku Maru, Gen. James O. Gillespie stated “it was
probably the most horrible story of suffering endured by prisoners of
war during World War II.”
Gen. John Beall further stated, “You say a lot of things that need to
be said, lest the United States forgets the horrors of the way the
Japanese treated our prisoners.”
In writing Blood Brothers, I found it necessary to resort to frequent
flashbacks; and to keep the reader aware of the history taking place
around the world, I tried to make reference to these events as they
happened, even when they were merely rumors.
This story has not been pleasant to write; I’m glad it is finally
In Blood Brothers, there are no heroes. The survivors of the
Philippines arrived home in 1945, quietly and without recognition, to
be admitted to hospitals near their homes.
With winners and heroes everywhere, there was no time for “Losers.”
Eugene C. Jacobs
“Our senses can grasp nothing that is extreme! Too much noise deafens
us! Too much light blinds us! Too far or too near prevents our seeing!
Too long or too short is beyond understanding! Too much truth stuns
*General Harold K. Johnson, a former Chief of Staff of the United
States Army, had been a former Japanese prisoner-of-war, had
experienced each and every event as it happened to other P.O.W.s, and
had been an excellent friend through more than thirty years of Army
service; he had agreed to write this PREFACE; unfortunately, this was
followed by a long hospitalization ending in terminal cancer.
I Bombs Fall on Camp John Hay, Rest
and Recreation Center, in the Philippines
II The Orange Plan (WPOIII)