No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII

No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII

by Robert Weintraub


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"A canine version of Unbroken." —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

No Better Friend tells the story of Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in WWII and were POWs in a camp in the Pacific. Judy was loyal, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would interrupt by barking. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

Judy was WWII's only canine POW, and when she passed away in 1950, she was buried in her Air Force jacket. Williams would never own another dog. Their story—of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstance—is one of the great undiscovered sagas of WWII.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316337052
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 29,614
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Weintraub is a sports columnist for Slate, and his writing has also aired on ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and dozens of other outlets. He is the author of The House That Ruth Built and The Victory Season and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times sports pages.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xiii

Prologue 3

Chapter 1 Mascot 7

Chapter 2 Dog Overboard 18

Chapter 3 Shore Leave 26

Chapter 4 War 34

Chapter 5 Amour 40

Chapter 6 War Dogs 47

Chapter 7 Frank 61

Chapter 8 Force Z 72

Chapter 9 Flight 85

Chapter 10 Day of Destruction-February 14, 1942 99

Chapter 11 Posic 117

Chapter 12 Pompong 124

Chapter 13 Sumatra 134

Chapter 14 Padang 156

Chapter 15 Imprisoned 168

Chapter 16 Gloegoer 178

Chapter 17 POW #81-A 197

Chapter 18 Subterfuge 210

Chapter 19 Hell Ship 219

Chapter 20 Reunion 234

Chapter 21 Pakan Baroe 242

Chapter 22 Pig Face and King Kong 258

Chapter 23 Railway of Death 272

Chapter 24 Freedom 283

Chapter 25 Hero 299

Chapter 26 Africa 313

Epilogue 325

Acknowledgments 329

Notes 331

Bibliography 367

Index 377

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No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jersey88 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you just can not put down,one that is riveting.So well written that it makes you feel as though you are experiencing this life's story along with the author. A heart felt story about a wonderful dog and his harrowing experiences. One that I will never forget.
FluffyOH More than 1 year ago
People born during this time can relate to this book.