This book is the story of Day’s three-year odyssey to reach Manila and in the telling describes the major events of the Second World War in the Southwest Pacific. After dodging Japanese bombs and strafing attacks in Java, Day escapes to Melbourne where he arrives two days in advance of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s arrival from Corregidor. As one of few U.S. Army officers in Australia, Day is appointed the first Headquarters Commandant for Gen. MacArthur to support the Allied counter offensive.
The story is told through Day’s original diary, letters, photos, and oral history. His narrative is supported by historical research of the wartime events that swirled about him.