Bataan Death March in World War II is topic of new book co-authored by retired NJ military historian Paul Zigo

Harry J. Whittinghill survived the hellish Bataan Death March in 1942 and wrote a memoir about it that his children brought to Brookdale Community College History Professor Paul E. Zigo. Zigo, a retired Army officer and founder of Brookdale’s Center for World War II Studies, worked with Drew University History Prof. John McLaughlin and Marie D. Somers, director of communications of the New Jersey World War II Book Club, to bring the memoir to print, as When Men Have to Die.

Zigo spoke with us about the upcoming 75th anniversary of the death march, and the lessons for a new generation from the experiences of the World War II era.

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About Paul Zigo

Paul E. Zigo, a history professor, author and military historian, is the founder and director of the World War II Era Studies Institute. He is a graduate of Temple University and the United States Army War College. He authored and edited in 2009 Witnessing History: The Eisenhower Photographs, featuring all the photos of General Dwight D. Eisenhower taken by his personal wartime photographer, Al Meserlin. Zigo was also the executive producer and narrator of the cable network series Triumphant Spirit: America’s World War II Generation Speaks from 2001 to 2004. In 2014, he authored the book, The Longest Walk: The Amazing Story of the 29th Inf. Division on D-Day 6 June 1944. Mr. Zigo is a 30 year veteran of the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel.

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