Please see the BLOG for the latest posts on historic and current family events. These will include posts on the Battle of Wake Island and the Wake Prisoners of War –also see the website pages described below. Blog posts will also highlight current events happening with our family here in southern Utah, mostly on our outdoor experiences at the family ranch near Zion National Park.
The Family Ranch A place we visit and work in the summer and fall.
Under the menu bar heading “Wake Island Marine” I have posted several chapters of A Marine’s Memoirs, in which my father, Bob Winslow, describes his World War II experiences as a Marine during the battle of Wake Island and as a prisoner of the Japanese for 44 months. Posting his memoirs makes them accessible to his family and friends and also to anyone interested in an absorbing first-hand account of those experiences. I hope that publishing his story will motivate readers to find out more about Wake Island, World War II, the largely forgotten Americans who were prisoners of war, or other remarkable men and women of the WWII generation.
Bob also wrote The WWII Prisoner of War Experience in the Pacific. This is a brief history of American servicemen who became prisoners of the Japanese. The second part of this document was taken from a more comprehensive draft monograph that he submitted to the Historical Branch, U.S. Marine Corps.
For father and grandfather Bob Winslow (1921-2008), a few words on living from someone he admired:
An individual human existence should be like a river–small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past boulders and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and—in the end—without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. The man or woman who, in old age, can see his or her life this way, will not suffer from fear of death, since the things they care for will continue.