I AM ALIVE!
A United States Marine's Story of Survival in a World War II Japanese POW Camp
MAJ Bruce H. Norton, USMC (Ret.)
 
The postcard came with the words “Imperial Japanese Army” printed at the top. On it were written three simple words: “I AM ALIVE!” And with this, Charles R. Jackson’s wife knew that her husband, a US Marine Sergeant Major, had survived the Japanese capture of Corregidor and could only hope he would continue to survive the hell that came with being a Japanese prisoner of war.
 
Held prisoner for three horrific years, Jackson survived the war and penned his memoir, though it went unpublished and forgotten for decades. That is until Bruce “Doc” Norton, himself a decorated US Marine veteran, and an acclaimed military historian, brought the memoir to light.
 
In a rare look into the heart of combat, Sergeant Major Jackson describes the fierce and ultimately losing battle for Corregidor, the surrender of thousands of Marines, and the death marches that followed. And all this was simply a prelude to the fight for survival that would take place in the POW camps. Jackson’s memoir gives voice to the thousands of men who fought and died during WWII, in the Pacific. His character and spirit evoke the very definition of the Marine Corps’s motto, Semper Fidelis; Always Faithful.

Bruce H. Norton served as a navy corpsman with both 3rd and 1st Force Reconnaissance Companies, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals during his two tours in Vietnam. He graduated from the College of Charleston (SC) in 1974 and was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer. He retired from the Corps in 1992, at the grade of Major. He currently serves as a senior military analyst at the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, and is an instructor at the Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College. He is the author of numerous books on Marine Corps history and the recipient of numerous writing awards.

 
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