Genres: Fiction, Historical
About the Book

An American Soldier’s Story of Survival in a World War II Japanese POW Camp 

Charles R. Jackson
Bruce Norton (ed.)
Ballantine Books
Format: Mass-Market Paperback (June 2003)

“In the bleak and bitter cold of a copper mine in northern Japan, a Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy was given an opportunity to write a prisoner-of-war card for his wife. He was allowed ten words—he used three: ‘I AM ALIVE!’ This message, classic in its poignancy of suffering and despair, captures only too well what it meant to be a prisoner of the Japanese Army.”

Now, acclaimed military historian Major Bruce Norton, USMC (Ret.) brings to light a long forgotten memoir by a Marine captured at Corregidor in the spring of 1942 and interned for three devastating years by the Japanese.  With unflinching prose, the words of Marine Sergeant Major Charles Jackson describe the fierce yet impossible battle for Corregidor, the surrender of thousands of his comrades, the long forced marches, and the lethal reality of the P.O.W. camps.  Joining some of the most important eyewitness accounts of war, I AM ALIVE is a testament to the men who fought and died for their country.  Jackson’s unembellished account of what his fellow soldiers endured in the face of inhumanity pays tribute to the men who served America during the war—and shows why we would ultimately prevail.

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About the Author
Bruce Norton

Major Bruce H. “Doc” Norton, USMC (Ret.) is a combat veteran and was a career Marine infantry and reconnaissance officer. He is an award-winning author of numerous books on and about the United States Marines. He served at various “posts and stations” throughout the Marine Corps to include duty as an infantry platoon leader, deep reconnaissance platoon leader, rifle company commander, operations and training officer, battalion executive officer, and at various joint staff positions.


Enlisting as a U.S. Navy Corpsman, he served with distinction in both 3rd Force and 1st Force Recon Companies during the Vietnam War, participating in more than thirty long-range reconnaissance patrols from 1968-1970. Both “jump” and SCUBA qualified, he was the only navy corpsman to be designated as a Force Recon team leader and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.


He is a graduate of the College of Charleston, where he earned a BA in US History, and earned a Master’s Degree in Naval Sciences before becoming the Director of the Marine Corps’ Command Museum, at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in San Diego, California. He has taught military history courses at the University of San Diego, the Citadel, Trident Technical College, and at the Marine Corps University at Quantico, VA.


He is the recipient five San Diego Author’s Awards and the General Robert L. Denig Memorial Distinguished Service Award, presented to him by the United States Marine Corps’ Combat Correspondence Association.


Doc and his wife Helen reside on their farm in northern Virginia.

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