This collection includes typescripts of
James M. Robb's manuscript "Carry On" written while he was a patient at the Bilibid
prison-hospital in the Philippines during World War II; correspondence from his parents'
efforts to locate the manuscript, 1946-48; reports and documents pertaining to Japanese
treatment of Philippine prisoners of war, especially the "Hell Ships" that transported POWs
to Japan; resources collected by his sister Marion Robb about the history of POWs in the
Philippines with related correspondence, 1980-98; and additional family materials from his
daughters Jannis Robb Garred and Allison Robb Marks, including a letter (photocopied) from
James M. Robb to his wife, 1938.
James M. Robb earned his A.B. in political science at Stanford in 1931 and his law degree
in 1934. He worked for three years with the Oakland Title Company before returning to Manila
in 1937, where he joined the law firm of DeWitt, Perkins and Ponce Enrile. When World War II
broke out, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a first lieutenant in the Quartermaster
Department during the siege of Bataan. He survived the Bataan death march and several POW
camps in the Philippines, but died at sea in January 1945 while being transported with other
POWs to Japan. Robb worked on a book detailing wartime conditions in the Philippines and the
POW camps while he was a patient at the Bilibid prison-hospital; the manuscript was buried
for safekeeping and retrieved when American troops liberated the Philippines.
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