Eye-Deep in Hell: A Memoir of the Liberation of the Philippines, 1944-45

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9780870742798: Eye-Deep in Hell: A Memoir of the Liberation of the Philippines, 1944-45

1989 1st Southern Methodist University. ISBN 0-87074-279-5. Hardcover. Octavo, 245pp., photo illustrations, cloth. VG, front cover has long wrinkle, in VG plus DJ.

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During WW II, Owens, an Army counterintelligence officer, gathered evidence of collaboration by Filipinos who served in the puppet government during the Japanese occupation. This assignment, described in detail, presented unique problems as he became involved with officials of a government dominated in turn by Spaniards, Americans, Japanese and again by Americans. His reflections on the ambiguities of collaboration in connection with his cases are well worth reading. A more dangerous assignment brought him in contact with the Communist Hukbalahap. Sent to arrest the Huk leader of this guerrilla force, which fought the Japanese and was now turning anti-American, Owens learned much about a Vietcong-like movement that in postwar years nearly toppled the government of the Philippines. A lieutenant, Owens devised a plan to recruit a Huk regiment into the U.S. Army. To his surprise, the plan was put into effect and the unit won a commendation for its operations against Japanese troops. The memoir ends on a bitter note as the author recalls how the work of the Counter Intelligence Corps was largely negated by the amnesty declared by General Douglas MacArthur and president Sergio Osmena. Photos.
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Novelist and former Columbia University professor Owens was a 40-year-old sergeant in the Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC) when he walked ashore under fire in Leyte Gulfe in 1944. The CIC was to control and interrogate Japanese prisoners; and to identify, arrest, interrogate, and recommend action on collaborators and Huk insurgents. Owens knew Magsaysay, Roxas, Aguinaldo, and many Huk leaders. Later he participated in the invasion of Luzon and the destructive seige of Manila. He soon became disaffected with U.S. policy toward Filipino politicals. His memoir is a jumpy, dreamlike pastiche of images and incidents from the unusual perspective of the political police. Recommended for subject collections and for Owens's clarity of feeling and expression.
- Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
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