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By Preston John Hubbard

Apocalypse Undone recounts Preston Hubbard's four-and-a-half yr odyssey from a tender, idealistic CCC employee to a miles older, afflicted guy choked with contempt for struggle and people who make it. He survived the Bataan dying March; imprisonment at Camp O'Donnell, the place the loss of life expense exceded four hundred an afternoon; a jungle paintings aspect on Tayabas Isthmus; the hunger vitamin of Manila's Bilibid legal; a 17 day voyage to Japan on a Hell send; and a jap POW camp bombed by way of American planes.

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We KPs were permitted to eat after the completion of the third sitting of each meal. One morning at the KPs' breakfast I met a fellow worker named Richard Murray. Murray was a big Irishman from Wisconsin via Cut Bank, Montana. My first encounter with Murray was an unfriendly one. The casus belli was Murray's charge that I had committed an unpardonable violation of mess hall procedure. S. (creamed chipped beef on toast) and then failing to hold it up so the working KPs could see and refill it. Whether I was actually innocent or guilty I do not remember, but I vehemently denied it and pretended to hold my ground.

I enjoyed lounging, sleeping, reading, and listening to the birds singing in the magnolias and pines. Perhaps the highlight of my respite was the Joe Louis-Billy Conn heavyweight championship fight on June 18. It was obvious that Billy was the great white hope of the entire ward, which was, of course, all white. Billy did not win, but he went all the way and put up a terrific fight. We were proud of him. During the week I spent in the post clinic, I was somewhat torn emotionally: I was still homesick for Clarksville and Austin Peay, but I felt a growing excitement about the coming journey to California and the Philippines.

At first I was disgusted, but after a while I could not resist Murray's crude jokes and infectious laughter. I found myself laughing and feeling better. The voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu took five days. The principal event for me on that leg of the journey was that Richard Murray and I became fast friends and spent a good deal of time in cooperative projects, like playing tricks on our comrades. I also became acquainted with Alfred Eckles of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, another member of my Company.

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