Sunday, May 29, 2016
"War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Damon 'Rocky' Gause"
If you live in the USA, there is a documentary that will air on PBS on Memorial Day, Monday, at 7PM and you MUST see it! It is titled: "War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Damon 'Rocky' Gause". In Georgia, it will be on Channel 8. (If you live elsewhere in the country, perhaps you can search and see if it is on a different time for you.)
UPDATE: Okay, I saw it and it was very well done. Also, if you missed it, look out for it, I am sure it will be repeated.)
It is based on the book, "The War Journal of Major Damon 'Rocky' Gause." Rocky Gause escaped from Bataan and Corregidor in World War II and along with a fellow soldier, William L. Osborne managed to commander a boat and made it all the way to Australia! How he did this is a story that you must know- I found a great account for you here. (His son, Rocky Gause Jr. published a book based on his father's journal in 1999.) Rocky Gause was a fellow Georgian and I found a piece on Athens Online news for you, you may read it just here. Also, if you are able to go to that link, you may read a comment at the end and it mentions Vernon Carter. Mr. Carter was a survivor of Pearl Harbor and was the step father of Damon Gause, Jr. (Sadly, Damon Gause Jr. died a few years ago.)
After briefly meeting his new born son in December of 1943, Major Damon Gause returned to duty and then died in a flying mission over Germany in March of 1944.
He is buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery in England.
Let me know if you are able to see this documentary tomorrow. I am very grateful that I noticed it in the listings. Also, search out the book too!
(Update: I watched the documentary and was most pleased to view it. It was a very good blend of both accounts of the men, Damon Gause and William Osborne (the other soldier with him on the boat to Australia). The book by William Osborne is "Voyage Into The Wind" and is one that will hopefully I will be able to read very shortly! You may read of Col. Osborne just here. (His final rank was Colonel. He was a Captain when Damon Gause met him and therefore outranked him but since Gause had more experience with boats by mutual agreement, Gause was in charge while on the boat, and Osborne gave the orders on land!)
I am thinking of my mother's first husband who died in Korea, Roy Hollifield. Remembering all who have died in the line of duty.