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A Marines' Story: 
          4 years as a Japanese P.O.W.
About the Author:
Terence Sumner Kirk was born in Harrisburg, Illinois, June 10, 1916.

Sadly at the age of 3, with a tragic turn of events, he and his siblings were sent to Mooseheart Orphanage to be raised.
There he was educated and graduated from high school.

Kirk entered the Marine Corps in 1937.  He trained in San Diego, California, and later in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Coveted orders arrived in 1939 when he received orders to serve with the elite North China Marines, as a legation guard in Peking, China.  The assignment offers him status and prestige until his capture on Pearl Harbor Day.

Terence S. Kirk served his country for 30 years retiring from the Marine Corps and later from the FAA as a Proficiency Development and Evaluation Officer. 

A voracious learner, he graduated from Santa Rosa College in 1969.  Some of his many interests include far reaching knowledge of American history, advanced study toward hydrogen powered transportation systems, ham radio operator, gardening, and chess.

He is known for his quick wit, wise-acre sense of humor, ever-present smile, and twinkle in his eye.
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