I just received word that Billy Templeton, a WWII Bataan Death March survivor, passed away today.
Billy lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Field in Manila on December 8, 1941. He was sent to Bataan and later captured. After a horrific death march, the Japanese shipped him to Manchuria via a "hell ship." He spent the next 3 1/2 years as a prisoner-of-war working in a Japanese factory.
Just a few short years ago, Joyce Faulkner and I helped Billy tell his story in the book, Manila Bay Sunset: The March Into Hell.
As he relived the horrors of the war years, Billy taught us so much about bravery, survival, hope and the indomitable spirit of the human heart.
I'm sure God had a special spot in His heart for Billy. Our sadness at losing Billy is lessened by that knowledge.
I believe that God will hold Billy close for all eternity. My sympathy is with his wife Lou, his family and all who loved him.
Billy, we love you!