Boon Pong – and other forgotten heroes

From Hillary Green, quite the expert on the Far Eastern POWs, Fepows.

Green Writing Room

Tucked into one of the books on Barry’s shelves about Far East POWs was a little photocopied leaflet of 1998, being re-issued for ‘X’mas 2000’. It starts:

I am one of the persons who had seen the event about the railway construction from Kanchanaburi to Myanmar during World War II when I was 19 years old, 1941. As a saleswoman at Khao Chon Kai (Chungkai) War-prisoner Camp.

page 1 of Lulu's story page 1 of Lulu’s story

Her name was Lulu Na Wanglan and she tells her story, explaining that even after 50 years, ‘I dreamed of those war-prisoners before I started to wright.’. She supplied prisoners until she had ‘no more capital to trade or sale goods.’ At this point she was given some money, probably by the local underground, to continue supplying prisoners. She was suspected of spying by the Japanese and warned by Mr Bunpong (Boon Pong) in time to escape. The…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on March 28, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Another excellent post.


  2. Wünsche eine gute Osterwoche lieber Gruß Gislinde


  3. I thought that this obit from last Saturdays Sydney Morning Herald might interest you gp; another unsung hero from WWII, another captive of the Japanese. You might like to give hime a mention in your “Farewell Salutes” a man well worthy of the honour I do believe


  4. Amazing story–heroes are everywhere.


  5. Excellent article. I wasn’t aware of the dearth of information in history books about this part of the war.
    I hope you don’t mind that I posted a link to your site on my Facebook page.


  6. What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to read it.


  7. I have read this story somewhere before, there must have been many like Lulu, Millie and Boon Pong, unsung heroes and heroines whose selfless works saved many lives.
    May history never forget these Angels of Compassion and Mercy.
    Excellent post gp.


  8. Thanks so much for spreading the word about these men and women who deserve to be remembered.


    • You know it’s my pleasure, Hillary. You are far more experienced in the CBI than I am – so why shouldn’t I pick the brain [and/or blog] of the expert?! Have a wonderful weekend.


  9. That is a wonderful story.


  10. Enjoyed reading the whole story on her blog. So glad that he survived after being shot!


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