U.S. History

Soldier Slaves: Abandoned by the White House, Courts, and Congress

Parkinson, James Lee Benson

About the Program

James Parkinson and Lee Benson chronicle the life of WWII soldier Harold Poole and his legal battle, along with other POWs, to seek restitution from Japanese companies that used them for slave labor following the Bataan Death March of April 1942. In the Bataan Death March, the Japanese soldiers marched Mr. Poole and other POWs 85 miles in Manila's blistering heat and then shipped them to work as slaves for private Japanese corporations. Approximately 1,000 American soldiers died on the march. During the event, Sen. Orrin Hatch discussed his support of legislation that will help American WWII veterans who were enslaved receive compensation for their labor. This event was hosted by Deseret Book Company in Salt Lake City, UT.

About the Authors

Parkinson, James Lee Benson

Parkinson, James  Lee BensonJames Parkinson is a trial lawyer who was co-lead counsel in the JPOW case. He graduated from Brigham Young University and has law offices in Palm Desert, California. Lee Benson is a newspaper columnist for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City. He is also the author of a number of books on subjects as diverse as the Olympic Games and the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a Utah native.
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Program Information

Past Airings

  • Monday, December 11th at 5:45am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 13th at 5:03pm (ET)
  • Saturday, August 12th at 8:01am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 6th at 12:03am (ET)
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