First Lieutenant “Leu” Waverly would not be surrendering to the Empire of Japan on April 9, 1942, like 65,000 thousand Filipino, American and other Allied soldiers did on the infamous Bataan Death March. An estimated 10,000 Allied soldiers would die over the next five days. The soldiers marched without food, water, or medical attention in ninety-degree heat. If they tried to obtain these life-saving items, they were shot, bayoneted, or beheaded by the Japanese. Leu and five other brave souls decided they would go AWOL and make a daring attempt to evade the enemy.
Leu’s chance of survival was low as he was a counter-intelligence officer who spoke and wrote Japanese. Capture, interrogation and eventual beheading were a reality. His sole purpose was getting his small band of brothers home…. alive. My Father’s War tells the tale of Team Six and is a riveting, fact-based drama of World War II, and the soldiers who helped to shape its effect on the future.