The Inspiring Story of a Little Girl's Survival as a POW During WWII

Non-Fiction - Military
376 Pages
Reviewed on 02/09/2013
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Author Biography

TERRY WADSWORTH WARNE. Terry was born in the Mission Hospital in Cagayan, a little coastal town on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. An American baby with red hair was quite an attraction in the Filipino town and many came to see her.

When the American forces surrendered to the Japanese, Terry and her parents had only one option. Surrender.

Terry was 8 years old and weighed 65 pounds when they became prisoners, and eleven years old weighing 45 pounds when they were finally rescued by the American army.

Terry and her parents returned to the Philippines after the war. She attended boarding school for two years in the Philippines before returning to California as her father was transferred back to the company headquarters in San Francisco.

While living in California Terry met and married Tom Warne, her childhood friend who lived next door to her in Del Monte.

Terry drew on her childhood experiences as a prisoner of war to focus on helping children as an adult. Terry served as a foster parent for drug babies and abused, neglected children for 22 years in California. She received many awards in recognition of her service. In Utah, Governor Michael Leavitt presented her with a Mother of the Year Award. She was active in Scouting for 25 years and is a Silver Beaver.

Terry and her husband, Tom, have 6 children, 25 grandchildren, and 39 great grandchildren. They now live in South Jordan, Utah.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In "Terry", Terry Wadsworth Warne has written a vivid account of her entrapment in the events of World War II. Born and raised in the Philippines, she had an idyllic life until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As America was unable to evacuate all the Americans on the islands, many were forced to flee to places of hiding, only to be discovered or forced to surrender. They were then put in camps under severe conditions of starvation and hardship. The author and her family appeared to take the initiative toward a productive survival mode as soon as danger presented. The father and the mother were resourceful and so the child was taught a positive attitude in which whatever was available would help them to "make due." Because of their firm belief in rescue, they were able to hang on in the most adverse of conditions for three long years. Moved from one camp to another, they finally ended up in Manilla. At the moment of rescue, many were killed and others severely injured but Terry and her parents never gave up. They steadfastly maintained a firm belief in the military rescue which eventually came.

This is a story of triumph, tragedy, stamina and tenacity in the face of unrelenting hardship. It is a story to motivate those who feel wronged and to inspire those needing strength and perseverance. We all need to remember what happened. We all need to remember the sacrifices made by this country in order that freedom prevailed. Terry gives us just such an opportunity. You will not be disappointed.