Former WWII prisoner of war speaks Viewpoints event

For more than three years during World War II, Dr. Lester Tenney was a Japanese prisoner of war, surviving the Bataan Death March and witnessing the atomic bomb explosion at Nagasaki.

His sense of humor, sharp mind, and fierce determination enabled him to persevere through those times, and today enables him to present a remarkably upbeat presentation of this difficult time in history.

Tenney spoke Sept. 20 at a Viewpoints event in the Fellowship Center at the Village Church, interviewed by Dr. Jack Baca in an informal presentation of his story. The lecture series is jointly sponsored by the Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. For more information, visit

Photos by Jon Clark.