Virginia (Ginger) Hansen Holmes, author
Judith Heisinger, wife of author, the late Duane Heisinger
September 16, 2011
United States Navy Memorial
Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Free and open to the public
Guerrilla Daughter recounts the experiences of an American family struggling to survive the Japanese occupation of Mindanao during World War II. Father Found tells the story of a father in the California National Guard taken prisoner by the Japanese in WWII seen through the eyes of his son.
The Navy Memorial will then hold its official POW/MIA Recognition Day wreathlaying ceremony with the U.S. Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard at 1:00pm on the plaza.
About the Authors
Using original documents, vivid recollections and the memories of her siblings, Ginger Hansen Holmes presents a compelling account of extraordinary survival. When the war ended, Ginger graduated from the Colegio de Jesus-Maria in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1954. After marrying Kent Holmes in 1958, several of his foreign assignments with the U.S. government took them back to the Philippines. They now live in Virginia.
Duane Heisinger explores the war years from the viewpoints of both POWs and their families at home, weaving together his story using first hand reports, diaries, journals, letters to his family from his father’s surviving friends and interviews with men who endured similar conditions. Duane entered the U.S. Naval Academy graduating an Ensign in 1956 and retiring a Navy Captain after 30 years. Before passing away of lung cancer in May 2006, he was able to lead a tour to the Philippines and dedicate the Hellships Memorial in Subic Bay in January 2006 as a last tribute to this father.
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