In May 1939, Alfred Young left his Tulsa, Okla., home as a bright-eyed 20-year-old army recruit pegged for military service in the Philippines.
By the dawn of 1945, however, the earth stood still for Alfred. Beginning with the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese in May 1942, he'd been a POW for more than 2½ years. Put in perspective, his captivity spanned over 10 percent of his entire life to that point. The daily rhythms of Camp 2B in Kawasaki, Japan, included starvation, disease and brutality.