All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japaneseby Evelyn M. Monahan, Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee
"Even though women were not supposed to be on the front lines, on the front lines we were. Women were not supposed to be interned either, but it happened to us. People should know what we endured. People should know what we can endure." Lt. Col. Madeline Ullom More than one hundred U.S. Army and Navy nurses were stationed in Guam and the… See more details below
"Even though women were not supposed to be on the front lines, on the front lines we were. Women were not supposed to be interned either, but it happened to us. People should know what we endured. People should know what we can endure." Lt. Col. Madeline Ullom More than one hundred U.S. Army and Navy nurses were stationed in Guam and the Philippines at the beginning of World War II. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, five navy nurses on Guam became the first American military women of World War II to be taken prisoner by the Japanese. More than seventy army nurses survived five months of combat conditions in the jungles of Bataan and Corregidor before being captured, only to endure more than three years in prison camps. When freedom came, the U.S. military ordered the nurses to sign agreements with the government not to discuss their horrific experiences. Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have conducted numerous interviews with survivors and scoured archives for letters, diaries, and journals to uncover the heroism and sacrifices of these brave women.
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If history was this interesting in high school, there would be a lot more history majors in our colleges! ALL THIS HELL is a riviting account of the courage and humor employed by U.S. Army and Navy nurses to withstand years of imprisonment by the Japanese in World War II. These women are truly heroines and were pioneers in our country's armed forces. I recommend ALL THIS HELL to everyone who appreciates a well written and meticulously documented page turner. The story will change the way you think about freedom, and leave unforgettable images in your heart and mind.
I thought I knew about Bataan and Corregidor before I read ALL THIS HELL. I thought I knew what it meant to be civilized. I thought I knew the meaning of the words depravity and atrocity. I thought I knew the meaning of the words courage, bravery and heroism. I thought I knew the meaning of the word, Hell. But there is the Hell you see, the Hell you may be able to escape and the Hell that has to be survived. This book should be mandatory reading for all human beings who consider themselves civilized as well all Americans who appreciate our freedom. If you do not appreciate freedom now, you certainly will after reading ALL THIS HELL. After reading this book, when I hear the word, 'Veteran', I always think of women as well as men.
All This Hell is a much needed addition to books on womens' experiences during WWII. It is well documented and well written cover to cover, chronicaling the plight of women POWs in the Philippines, held by the Japanese.The heroism and dedication these women showed to their profession, countrymen , and themselves is astounding.
The authors have presented the imprisonment of army and navy nurses in WWII authentically. Their material is taken from archives and direct interviews with some of the internees themselves.I know some of these nurses, having interviewed them for my book, No Time For Fear: Voices of American Military Nurses in WWII. This book fills in the spaces that these brave women shared with me in their oral histories.It is very consoling to know how strong and courageous women were at this time and under the most dire circumstances, and survived to become useful, healthy, and optimistic.