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From Mary Previte, née Taylor,

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In 1997, when I was running for political office, a New Jersey State Senator—my running mate—asked me to substitute for him at a Saturday night banquet reunion of World War II veterans ...

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James Taylor III:
February 14, 2009,

... the armband the Japs made us wear,

September 6, 1945

... a letter from the whole "DUCK-TEAM" to all the Weihsien internees,

September 10, 1945 ...

Girls from LSD,
in 1945


April 28, 2017

September 1983, ...


Web Site,
The Houston Chronicle

The Dallas Morning News,
Sunday, November 30, 1997

Associated Press photo (B&W Xerox copy)
Assemblywoman Mary Previte kisses Stanley Staiger during a December reunion in Reno, Nev. Staiger was the commander of a seven-man team that rescued Previte and 1,400 others from a Japanese concentration camp In China In 1945.

Assemblywoman Mary Previte embraces her rescuer, James Moore of Dallas, during a reunion in the Assembly Chamber. Moore was one of seven parachutists who freed American prisoners from a Japanese concentration camp at the end of World War II.

Web Site, CBI 2002
The Tad Nagaki Story,
by Mary Previte (click on picture)

--- Weihsien’s 60 anniversary reunion was a time for tears and a time for joy ...

Good Housekeeping
May 2001

N.J. General Assembly, Reunion with Jim Moore, May 1998
You'll see that near the end, the images break up, The cameraman told my legislative staff ...

Sunday World-Herald
January 11, 1998

TAD NAGAKI: The Alliance farmer was recently contacted by a woman he helped free from a concentration camp in China in 1945.

Chefoo School logo:

On Liberation Day, Chefoo School students who were interned in Weihsien were greeted with this card that included the school logo and the words of a chorus that anchored them throughout the war: God is still on the throne. The card was sent from Isabel Bazire, wife of internee Peter Bazire.

Eric Henry Liddell
(16/1/1902 - 21/2/1945)

Red Cross messages ...

... all about "Gao-Liang"

February 20, 2014

... " The Japanese army was losing ground in most of China in 1945 and victory was almost assured, but the news was blocked. It wasn't until the US arranged rescue planes to liberate the camp on Aug 17, 1945, that people knew their days in hell were over," said Cheng.

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Liberation came as a surprise to Previte. "It was a hot and windy day. I was sick with ...

Fenghsiang, Shgensi, September 1945.

Rescue from the Sky
by Mary Taylor-Previte

Navy Ensign Jim Moore tensed with the rush of adrenalin as the B-24 flew above the Chinese fields ...

May 11, 2000

W.W. II Heros

Only Available in Archive Formats.
May 11, 200012:00 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition

Host Bob Edwards talks to Mary Previte and three Office of strategic Services (O.S.S.) Paratroopers who liberated the Wieshin POW camp in China during the W.W. II. Previte, a former internee at the Japanese concentration camp has been tracking down surviving members of the OSS team that freed her in 1945.

The Chinese interpreter of the DUCK-team:
Eddie WANG in 2015

© by courtesy of:
The National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Thursday 07.08,2008

"We children became his priority. When we had a hockey stick that needed mending, it was Uncle Eric who would truss it up with strips made from his bed sheets and with stinking glue melted down from horses' hooves. It was him who made sure that we did not give up hope. ...

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... " I didn’t like gao-liang. But I liked hunger less. So while our Chefoo teachers were watching someone else at those wooden tables, I’d let a classmate spoon her gao-liang into my white enamel bowl. And I’d eat it -- just as I ate the green lu dou bean gruel -- which I hated even more. ...

Wonderful! The Last Hero!

By Changmin Liu & Vicky Long
Guizhou City Newspaper, CHINA
(Translated by Daniel Wang)
Secret unveiled from an overseas call: ...

© by courtesy
Patty Everett
Editorial/Production Coordinator Leatherneck Magazine
Lt. Col Tom McKenney , USMC,(retired) and former Cpl. John B. Tonkin

© by courtesy:
Shelly Castorino and The Retrospect (of Collingswood, N.J., USA).

© by courtesy of Melanie Burney reporter at the Philadephia Inquirer

Woman reunited with Chinese rescuer 71 years on (
Updated: 2016-07-27 21:12:36

Growing up in a Japanese WW2 internment camp in China
By Michael Bristow BBC News ©
17 August 2015

© by courtesy of Alejandro Alvarez, photographer

© Melanie Burney Inquirer Staff WriterPosted:
Sunday, May 31, 2015, 1:09 AM
 GALLERY: Haddonfield woman finds the last of her seven daring heroes
Nearly 70 years ago, Mary Previte was liberated from a Japanese prison camp in China during World War II by a daring group of seven rescuers she called her heroes. Over the years, she managed to find ...

© by courtesy:
Michael J. Yaguchi
Executive Director
Japanese American Veterans Association

Reminiscing about the rescue:
Seven heroes dropping out of the clouds and into the internment camp
"Oh my goodness! That is my hero!" At 3:30 p.m. on July 27, Mary, ...

Veteran's Day
Mary Taylor Previte and John Farrell, Vietnam veteran and teacher at Haddonfield Middle School in New Jersey., November 10, 2015. Mr. Farrell co-ordinated the Veterans Day program. Mary was keynote speaker, telling her story of Weihsien liberators.

A kiss 71 years in the making! American prisoner of war meets and thanks the Chinese man who rescued her and 1500 others from a Japanese Second World War camp after searching for him for 18 years
Mary Previte, 83, of New Jersey ...

Eric Liddell’s former roommate in China internment camp celebrates his centenary and the time of his life
Olympic runner immortalised in Chariots of Fire would have been best man at my wedding if he’d lived, says Joe Cotterill, who met the two loves of his life in the Japanese wartime Weihsien internment camp in Shandong province
27 APR 2017

Parachute that helped save 1,500 from WWII camp will return to rescuer's family

Updated: APRIL 26, 2017 — 11:51 AM EDT
by Melanie Burney, Staff Writer |

16:21, July 28, 2016
Mary Previte, 84, has taken long trip across the world, from New Jersey to Guiyang, to thank ...

July 30,2016

A kiss 71 years in the making! American prisoner of war meets and thanks the Chinese man who rescued her and 1500 others from a Japanese Second World War camp after searching for him for 18 years

Mary Previte, 83, of New Jersey, met Wang Chenghan, in Guiyang, China

The pair last met in August 1945 when he rescued the 12-year-old in Japan She was held in a school-turned-prison also home to rats for three years Wang, now 91, rescued 1500 people from 30 nations from the prison camp Ms Previte brought with her 18 'thank you' letters from other survivors

... by courtesy Sruthi Pinnamaneni Sr Reporter, Reply All Gimlet Media

CLICK below for the WEIHSIEN part of the story ... a little less than 20 minutes ...

Spring 2018
KLIPSUN magazine
by Laura-Ann Poehner.

Life Under The Guard Towers
In March 1943, Weihsien (pronounced WAY-SHEN) was a sleepy little town in northern China, on the eastern coast, north of Shanghai and directly across the Yellow Sea from Seoul, Korea. The outside world ...