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About Achille C. Tisdelle

About the author: Achille Carlisle Tisdelle Jr. (March 17, 1909 — April 30, 1986) , Major, U.S.A., 26th Cavalry Philippine Scouts. Aide-de-Camp to Gen. Edward P. King on Bataan. P.O.W. in Japan, 1943-45.

About the diary: Originally published by Lewis Morton as “Bataan Diary of Major Achille C. Tisdelle”, Military Affairs Vol.11, No.3 (Autumn, 1947), pp.130-148. The period from February 1 to April 13, 1942 was what was published. According to Morton, as to the preservation of the diary, “When he was captured it was tied between his legs, beneath his groins; later it was kept in different places and when he could get advance information on a “shake-down” inspection it would be in the pocket of a recently washed shirt on the clothes line, in full view of the searchers!”