Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese POW

byMary BreuAfterword byRay Hudson

November 5, 2009|
Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese POW by Mary Breu
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Etta Jones was not a World War II soldier or a war time spy. She was a school teacher whose life changed forever on that Sunday morning in June 1942 when the Japanese military invaded Attu Island and Etta became a prisoner of war.

Etta and her sister moved to the Territory of Alaska in 1922. She planned to stay only one year as a vacation, but this 40 something year old nurse from back east met Foster Jones and fell in love. They married and for nearly twenty years they lived, worked and taught in remote Athabascan, Alutiiq, Yup'ik and Aleut villages where they were the only outsiders. Their last assignment was Attu.

After the invasion, Etta became a prisoner of war and spent 39 months in Japanese POW sites located in Yokohama and Totsuka. She was the first female Caucasian taken prisoner by a foreign enemy on the North American Continent since the War of 1812, and she was the first American female released by the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Using descriptive letters that she penned herself, her unpublished manuscript, historical documents and personal interviews with key people who were involved with events as they happened, her extraordinary story is told for the first time in this book.

A Michigan native, with a B.A. and M.A., Mary Breu taught elementary school for 34 years. She and her husband live in South Carolina with their two children. Etta Jones is Breu's great aunt.
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Title:Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese POWFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.4 X 5.54 X 0.63 inShipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.4 X 5.54 X 0.63 inPublished:5 novembre 2009Publisher:West Margin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0882408100

ISBN - 13:9780882408101

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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