Tears in the Darkness - Chapter 1
Growing up on Hawk Creek
"My dad was a cowboy and a good one. We used to have two wolf pelts that he roped off a horse. He was an artist with a rope."
Tears in the Darkness - Chapter 2
Serving in the Philippines
"I'm having a swell time. So please don't worry. This will be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Boy, was I naive."
Tears in the Darkness - Chapter 3
The Bataan Death March
"I used to think if anybody gets out of here, I'm going to be one of them."
Tears in the Darkness - Chapter 4
"We didn't feel like heroes at all. We'd lost the battle. The heroes were the ones buried over there."
Tears in the Darkness - Chapter 5
"You can't hate us all."
Tears in the Darkness - Ben & Harry
Ben Steele never thought himself a hero. When the Philippines fell during WWII, he was captured by the Japanese. Beaten and starved, he endured the horrific Bataan Death March and brutal years of forced labor as prisoner of war. Liberated at war's end, his body healed, physical strength returned, but his mind still held a burning hatred for the Japanese. As a professor of art at Eastern Montana College, it was the Japanese-American student in the front row, Harry Koyama, who helped Ben find the strength to forgive.