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Scribbled Notes on Scraps of Paper Tell WWII POW’s Tale of Sheer Will

As dawn broke over the South Pacific on Sept. 21, 1944, Jack Comstock, MD, stepped out of the officers’ quarters on his callused bare feet, wearing a G-string and little else. He stared at the specks on the pale horizon.


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Returned to Freedom, POW Doctor Lives Out Years in Noble Fashion

In fall 1944, prisoner-of-war Jack Comstock, MD, was assigned to travel to Bilibid Prison in Manila then to a boat along with 500 slave laborers bound for Japan. With the medical detachment approaching, Comstock knew the time had come. 

He needed to bury the latest stash of diary entries underground – literally. 


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‘Hell Ships’ and Twists of Fate

Jim Kilburn, a relative of Jack Comstock’s who lives in Boulder, recalls a humorous entry in Comstock’s World War II diary. 


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Instilled Hope, Medical Calling Fuel WWII POW Doctor’s Drive to Survive

“Uncle Doc,” as Jack Arthur Comstock became known, was born in Fort Collins on Dec. 19, 1914, the youngest child of George and “Miss Arthur” Comstock. During his early years, Jack’s family, which included a brother and a sister, shuttled between dusty outposts in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. Members of the family often separated for the sake of keeping or finding employment. 


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