Guerrilla Priest: An American Family in World War II PhilippinesCover: Griffiths, Guerrilla Priest
22 Historical photos and maps, plus Index
180 pages: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-937493-93-6
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Ebook ISBN: 978-1-937493-94-3
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“Guerrilla Priest” captures a special moment in the history of the Pacific War: the formation of the first guerrilla resistance against the Japanese in northern Luzon, Philippines. Major Walter Cushing, Chief Puyao of the Tingguian village of Balbalasang, and Al Griffiths, an Episcopal priest, were key figures in this resistance. Guerrilla Priest describes the events that led to the ambush at Lamonan—disastrous for the Japanese—and the aftermath of that ambush for those who participated. The book also provides an intimate glimpse of the American colonial experience in the Philippines, its impact on the Tingguian people, and a portrait of Japanese soldiers and their commanders that defies stereotype. But perhaps most significantly, it tells the story of how a young American family—Al Griffiths, his wife Nessie, and their infant daughter Katy—managed to survive a horrific war.

Al and Nessie wrote separate accounts of their wartime experiences. Author Stephen Griffiths based “Guerrilla Priest” on his parents’ two unpublished memoirs.

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Stephen Griffiths earned a B. A. in English from Hobart College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. He is the author of Emigrants, Entrepreneurs, and Evil Spirits: Life in a Philippine Village, published by the University of Hawaii Press. After a 30-year career with the Sierra Club, Griffiths retired in 2009. He lives in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast.