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This is a super memoir. I not only enjoyed the story but I learned so much about the fall of the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, New Guinea, and Australia during the beginning of the WWII. This memoir was first published in 1943 and was republished in 2013 by Mike and Tim Deal with the support of the last surviving escapee Lyle Bercier and Morrill’s daughter. The book has maps and photographs.
Seventeen sailors and Lt. Commander Morrill from the USS Quail launched a 36 foot Navy motor launch from Corregidor on 6 May 1942 as General Jonathan Wainwright surrendered to the Japanese. The book tells how they fled 2000 miles through Japanese controlled water to reach safety in Australia. Morrill tells how he used a watch, compass and homemade sextant to navigate. Morrell tells how the Filipino people helped them along the way with food and fuel but other countries’ natives were not as helpful. In the Dutch East Indies they had to trade valuable belongings for food and fuel as the natives would not accept American or Philippine money. The book is loaded with exciting information and encounters with both people and nature.
Morrell tells a fascinating story of survival. He went on to become a Rear Admiral. If you are interested in World War II, survival stories or human interest this book would be of interest to you. John Wray does an excellent job narrating the book.
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Would you consider the audio edition of South from Corregidor to be better than the print version?
Yes. Wray's voice is a perfect match for John Morrill. The print version is an excellent read that will really make you think and imagine what these brave men accomplished. It's a hard book to put down.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My Great Uncle, Philip Binkley. He played a major role in helping what was accomplished in this book. Our family lost him shortly after the crew arrived safely in Australia to the war. This book is pretty much all we have to remember him by.
All of these brave men bring a piece of character and personality you want to learn about.
This was a true team that worked together and accomplished the impossible. They had no doubts they would be successful.
What does John Wray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I was lucky enough to have a vote with Tim Deal and his family on whom we would pick to do this audio book. It was a unanimous decision that John Wray was the perfect fit. I think we all agree he has the voice of naval veteran that sounds like a leader who is sharing a story with you.
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Any additional comments?
I want to say thank you to Tim Deal for his ongoing efforts to promote this book. Thanks to him I've gained a great friendship and got the opportunity to meet him and Lyle Bercier in DC a couple of years ago. Lyle shared many great memories of Philip. That was a special day I will never forget. Our family is truly grateful to have this book. This story will never be forgotten.
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