edmondsallan , from auckland .nz , has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2010. is researching the following names: CLAYTON, EDMONDS.
Mr. Cousens torture by the Japanese was so cruel and barbaric. Who can say how much pain a man can take. The prisoner of war experiences in Vietnam is probably a carbon copy of Mr. Cousens beatings. The allied prisoners were able to communicate by using the tap system to communicate. They would tap just about anything available. One prisoner was in captivity for years before he was allowed to have a roommate. When they met, they touched and hugged each other. Both sobbing. Tears were over flowing. Possibly Mr. Cousens was not able to have this support from a fellow prisoner. In one of the several books I have read on torture treatmens by the enemy, a naval officer was tortured to a breaking point. He finally agreed after many horrible beatings to give them the information they were seeking. They wanted to know the name and rank of all the officers on this airmans ship. He gave a list of names. The names were the entire offensive line of the NFL New York Giants. He made the statement that these were his direct commanding officers. Did the vietnamese know the names of these NFL players? No. They just wanted an answer. They thought that they had won. The point is, Mr Cousens gave them, I'm sure, an answer. That's all they wanted, an answer. We can never understand the pain of another person unless we walk in their shoes.... I am thinking that Mr. Cousen's did not give them secret and confidential information. Well written Mr. edmondsallan.
thanks bob - regards
Dear Mr. Edmondsallan, Another subscriber read my response to Mr. Charles Cousens. This person sent me additional articles concerning Mr. Cousens, and photos. Very intriguing. It was interesting to know that his brother, John was also a prisoner of war. Germans were marching appx 1500 prisoners to escape the allies. They mistakenly (Due to Germans not providing Red Cross identification) were attacked by allied planes, John was wounded in leg, and subsquently his leg was amputated. You know all this, i'm sure. One can usually determine the real nature of a leader by how well his brothers in combat received him. They received Mr. Cousens. And to show their belief and loyalty to him, received him after the war to march with them in their parade. This means something!!
thank you bob . yes I came across the story and his bravery some years ago . Just sometimes we forget of what we learned on the way to this point in life . I do try to bring things back in my own little way for us to remember at times what we have learnt before .Thanks bob for giving the old head a bit of wake up call - Life with all it it has is wonderful . Regards
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