First she is a fellow soldier’s widow.
Second, she is “High-Pockets,” the exceptional and inventive undercover agent working in Jap-held Manila for over 2 years.
Third, she is a guerrilla officer; decided and capable chief and organizer of the Manila underground.
Last, she is ‘Comadre,’ the intensely patriotic, and spiritually powerful godmother of ragged, determined men.”significant John Peyton Boone
Agent excessive Pockets is the extraordinary tale of a desirable lady who below the pressures of conflict stumbled on any ingenious capacity to help her acquaintances opposed to their universal enemy, the japanese, in the course of the tumultuous years of global struggle Two.
This memoir, written by way of Claire Phillips, almost immediately after global battle presents awesome aspect into her existence as she spied, smuggled info, and funneled reduction to American guerilla combatants who have been hidden within the jungles surrounding Manila.
Shortly after arriving within the Philippines she fell in love with Sgt. John V. Phillips and have become engaged to marry him. yet earlier than the rite may possibly ensue the japanese Imperial military invaded, forcing Phillips and her fiancé to retreat to the Bataan peninsula and behavior a short rite within the jungle.
Claire’s resourcefulness allowed her live to tell the tale via those turbulent years and he or she opened a nightclub, membership Tsubaki, at the Manila waterfront. the japanese officials who frequented it had little wisdom that they have been purchasing the contraband that Claire and her acquaintances have been smuggling to POW camps and their loud, drunken conversations have been being fast relayed to American guerillas within the surrounding jungles.
She couldn't stay clear of jap professionals perpetually, besides the fact that, and in may perhaps 1944 she used to be arrested. whereas on the infamous Bilibid criminal she persevered a number of different types of torture yet refused to offer any details away.
This extraordinary account will be crucial examining for somebody attracted to the warfare within the Pacific and the way civilians who have been stuck up within the clash fought to outlive and help their country.
Claire used to be later given the Medal of Freedom for her actions in the course of the process the conflict. Her quotation reads: “By course of the President, lower than the provisions of military rules 600-45, the Medal of Honor is presented to you via the Commander-in-Chief, a ways East, for the meritorious provider which has aided the us within the prosecution of the battle opposed to Japan within the Southwest Pacific components, from June 1942 to June 1944.”
After she back to the U.S. she wrote her account of this time which used to be released as Manila Espionage in 1947. Her ebook used to be the root of a Hollywood function movie, I used to be an American Spy, published in 1951 and starring Anne Dvorak as Phillips. She died of meningitis in 1960.
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