Dreaming of becoming a missionary, in 1940 Judy Skogerboe accepted a Lutheran Missionary posting in China. By the end of 1940, however, the State Department no longer permitted Americans to disembark in China, so Ms Skogerboe and her Lutheran comrades went to Manila to work on their Chinese and wait for their opportunity to commence their China mission work. Little did she know that she and her compatriots were headed into the eye of a hurricane that would land them in Japanese custody during what became the American phase of World War II.1