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Spanish civil war vets, harrowing escape from Vietnam, POWs of Japan, Prince of Wales tossed from Hotel Del Coronado

San Diego's part in world history

Sy Klein, Dave Chriss, Harry Holborn,  Ken Shaker, and George Auvan. These graying grandfathers, who now live in the suburbs of San Diego, together experienced the most exciting adventure of their lives.
Sy Klein, Dave Chriss, Harry Holborn, Ken Shaker, and George Auvan. These graying grandfathers, who now live in the suburbs of San Diego, together experienced the most exciting adventure of their lives.
  • The Forgotten War

  • I do not recall putting my foot on Korean soil for the first time. I only remember the cold rain, and running, and others running with me.
  • By David Burge, June 20, 1996
Members of B Company, 1st Marine Division, 1st Motor Transport Battalion, Korea (Robert Weishan at far left). Weishan: “There were terrible problems with high tides — at Inchon they ran 18 to 20 feet."
  • The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler

  • Were Sacco and Vanzetti innocent? “He say goodbye to his wife, he say goodbye to his friends, he say goodbye to his children. He say, ‘Long Live Anarchy!’”
  • By Thomas Larson, Aug. 18, 2005
  • Hotel del Coronado expels prince

  • The Prince of Wales restaurant has become 1500 Ocean. The historic photos featuring Edward and Wallis downstairs have disappeared, all except one of the prince saluting for a photographer in his Royal Navy captain’s uniform. The black-and-white image hangs in a much-diminished history gallery downstairs. Wallis, the Coronadan who almost brought down the British monarchy, can only be found in books sold in the hotel’s souvenir store.
  • By Bill Manson, July 22, 2015
Wallis and the Prince of Wales
  • For Whom the Bell Tolled

  • Dave Chriss balances a Scotch and water on the arm of a crushed-velvet chair in his Mira Mesa living room. He awaits the arrival of seven other senior citizens who survived the Spanish Civil War and are about to hold the first official meeting of the country’s newest, smallest chapter of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
  • By Sue Garson, July 17, 1980
Ken Shaker, who lives in West Point Loma apartment: "After a bombing raid, when we inspected corpses lying out on the field, I rushed over to one who had a pair of shoes on his body and fortunately for me, they fit.”
  • Escape!

  • Fear and hiding in the Saigon underground, adrift at sea, capture by pirates. A former Vietnamese journalist shares his tale of terror.
  • By Duong Phoc, with Va Than Thuy and Neal Matthews, May 15, 1986
I had participated as part of the first delegation from the South to receive prisoners of war at the Hanoi Hilton in 1973. We wrote a popular book, One Day in Hanoi, about our treatment in the North.
  • Slave Soldiers

  • As a soldier, Tenney said, he accepted the likelihood that he might be captured and imprisoned, maimed, or killed in action. “What I did not expect was that I would be forced to work for a private company” — that is, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the parent of companies that are themselves gigantic, Toyota and Toshiba among them.
  • By Jeanne Schinto, March 13, 2003
Cabanatuan. “I hung on the stretching rack for a day and a half, and when they let me down, they tore my clothes off and tied a piece of wet bamboo splice, like a string, around my testicles. Then they hanged me again."
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Sy Klein, Dave Chriss, Harry Holborn,  Ken Shaker, and George Auvan. These graying grandfathers, who now live in the suburbs of San Diego, together experienced the most exciting adventure of their lives.
Sy Klein, Dave Chriss, Harry Holborn, Ken Shaker, and George Auvan. These graying grandfathers, who now live in the suburbs of San Diego, together experienced the most exciting adventure of their lives.
  • The Forgotten War

  • I do not recall putting my foot on Korean soil for the first time. I only remember the cold rain, and running, and others running with me.
  • By David Burge, June 20, 1996
Members of B Company, 1st Marine Division, 1st Motor Transport Battalion, Korea (Robert Weishan at far left). Weishan: “There were terrible problems with high tides — at Inchon they ran 18 to 20 feet."
  • The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler

  • Were Sacco and Vanzetti innocent? “He say goodbye to his wife, he say goodbye to his friends, he say goodbye to his children. He say, ‘Long Live Anarchy!’”
  • By Thomas Larson, Aug. 18, 2005
  • Hotel del Coronado expels prince

  • The Prince of Wales restaurant has become 1500 Ocean. The historic photos featuring Edward and Wallis downstairs have disappeared, all except one of the prince saluting for a photographer in his Royal Navy captain’s uniform. The black-and-white image hangs in a much-diminished history gallery downstairs. Wallis, the Coronadan who almost brought down the British monarchy, can only be found in books sold in the hotel’s souvenir store.
  • By Bill Manson, July 22, 2015
Wallis and the Prince of Wales
  • For Whom the Bell Tolled

  • Dave Chriss balances a Scotch and water on the arm of a crushed-velvet chair in his Mira Mesa living room. He awaits the arrival of seven other senior citizens who survived the Spanish Civil War and are about to hold the first official meeting of the country’s newest, smallest chapter of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
  • By Sue Garson, July 17, 1980
Ken Shaker, who lives in West Point Loma apartment: "After a bombing raid, when we inspected corpses lying out on the field, I rushed over to one who had a pair of shoes on his body and fortunately for me, they fit.”
  • Escape!

  • Fear and hiding in the Saigon underground, adrift at sea, capture by pirates. A former Vietnamese journalist shares his tale of terror.
  • By Duong Phoc, with Va Than Thuy and Neal Matthews, May 15, 1986
I had participated as part of the first delegation from the South to receive prisoners of war at the Hanoi Hilton in 1973. We wrote a popular book, One Day in Hanoi, about our treatment in the North.
  • Slave Soldiers

  • As a soldier, Tenney said, he accepted the likelihood that he might be captured and imprisoned, maimed, or killed in action. “What I did not expect was that I would be forced to work for a private company” — that is, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the parent of companies that are themselves gigantic, Toyota and Toshiba among them.
  • By Jeanne Schinto, March 13, 2003
Cabanatuan. “I hung on the stretching rack for a day and a half, and when they let me down, they tore my clothes off and tied a piece of wet bamboo splice, like a string, around my testicles. Then they hanged me again."
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