Escape in the Pacific: 1943

When: Thu., May 29, 7 p.m. 2014

One of the lesser-known stories to come out of World War II took place in April 1943, when 10 American POWs and two Filipinos escaped from a Japanese-operated prison camp. One of those men was Spokanite Sam Grashio, who returned to tell one of the most heroic stories to come out of the war. Now a public television documentary, Escape in the Pacific: 1943, details this courageous tale. A special screening will be held at Gonzaga University, where Grashio, a 1938 graduate, went on to work as special assistant to the president. Following the screening is a discussion with John D. Lukacs, whose book Escape From Davao inspired this film.

Mike Bookey

Price: Free and open to the public.