We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese / Edition 1

We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese / Edition 1

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by Elizabeth M. Norman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0671787187

ISBN-13: 2900671787188

Pub. Date: 05/01/2000

Publisher: Atria Books

In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and evenings of dinner and dancing under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs rained on American bases in Luzon, and the women's paradise became a fiery hell. Caught

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In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and evenings of dinner and dancing under the stars. On December 8 all that changed, as Japanese bombs rained on American bases in Luzon, and the women's paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurses set up field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they saw the most devastating injuries of war, and suffered the terrors of shells and shrapnel.

But the worst was yet to come. As Bataan and Corregidor fell, a few nurses escaped, but most were herded into internment camps enduring three years of fear and starvation. Once liberated, they returned to an America that at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals they clearly deserved. Here, in letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together in a compelling saga of women in war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900671787188
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Mapsxvii
1.Waking Up to War3
2.Manila Cannot Hold16
3.Jungle Hospital #130
4.The Sick, the Wounded, the Work of War39
5.Waiting for the Help That Never Came50
6."There Must Be No Thought of Surrender"67
7.Bataan Falls: The Wounded Are Left in Their Beds83
8.Corregidor--the Last Stand96
9.A Handful Go Home112
10.In Enemy Hands130
11.Santo Tomas142
12.STIC, the First Year, 1942158
13.Los Banos, 1943169
14.Eating Weeds Fried in Cold Cream, 1944183
15.And the Gates Came Crashing Down201
16."Home. We're Really Home."219
17.Aftermath233
18.Across the Years243
Afterword261
Epilogue266
Acknowledgments269
Appendix IChronology of Military Nurses in the Philippine Islands, 1940-1945273
Appendix IIThe Nurses and Their Hometowns279
Bibliography283
Endnotes293
Index319

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We Band of Angels 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells of the bravery and steadfastness of American nurses (the Angels mentioned in the title,) and other American citizens as they were held prisoner in a makeshift camp in Manilla during WWII. Within the camp, the prisoners were made to provide for themselves as to food and other necessities. You will feel desperation for their situation, a thrill of joy as the group is liberated by American forces sent to save them, and pride as you realize the resolve it took for them to survive. A very human side of the war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sister has been recommending this book to me for a couple years. I decided to go to nursing school a short time ago, and upon finding out this was ABOUT nurses, I immediately felt an obligation to read it. These women are truly amazing, this is what nursing is all about. The love and compassion and fierce loyalty they had for themselves and for their patients, is what I aspire to achieve in the future. This isn't just for history buffs or nurses, I think all women should read this book. It will really make you feel proud of being a woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised to learn about women in WWII. These women were put through extrodinary conditions I will never face. One nurse became the most decorated woman in the United States military. This is an excellent book for young and old nurses alike. This book shows the nuts and bolts of critical care nursing and what life was like for women in uncharted territories such as being exposed to combat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Book.If author ever writes a sequel, I would like to contribute. Ressa and Geneva Jenkins (Younger sisters of my mother)were both Angels of Battan. When two navy planes were sent to rescue the nurses, the sisters agreed to go on seperate planes. Ressa escaped to Australia. Geneva was on the plane that suffered damages and waited in the jungle with others. After the plane took off without them, they were captured by the Japanese and taken to Santo Thomas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am half through this book. Very good writing. The author holds your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful glimpse into a woman's view of the war and the horrors they faced in the Battlefield Hospitals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books is gripping and hard to put down. Also, it is educational in regards to the true course of World War II in the South Pacific, and the ensuing lack of respect for what the nurses went through there. It is amazing that the military was able to get away with how the nurses were treated after the war. This is a must read book for all nurses. It is inspiring and has helped me put perspective on my career of 23 years. My mother, who is a nurse read it. She remembers being drafted in WW II (although she did not go) was very inspired by this. Her two friends who are of the same age have read it and enjoyed it. It really speaks to many facets of the war and the times. A great read!
MPED More than 1 year ago
As an R.N., I was humbled by this story. What the nurses and soldiers experienced was gruesome, and life changing. We should be proud of our armed forces around the world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I cried, I laughed, but mostly it made me very proud of my profession. This book is a MUST for all nurses, student nurses, and future nurses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this excellently researched book was like meeting old friends. Elizabeth Norman filled in spaces after I interviewed some of these brave nurses for a very moving chapter in my book. Each nurse had a story to tell on her own, yet they banded together to perform as nurses under the most severe hardships. Their stories show that nursing is a calling, not a job. I hope all nurses and nursing students will be able to read this history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful account of the times and trials of these courageous WWII nurses. As an active duty RN for the military, reading about the lives of these women and their time during the war makes reminds me of the reason I chose to serve in the military, especially in a time in which our role is often ambiguous. Every nurse, who either loves nursing or at one point in time loved it, should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly fascinating bit of American history. Too often the stories of women veterans are left out of the stories we tell about WWII. The author is not particularly literary as a writer, but she does a good enough job with the material. And her subject is amazing. A good book that I highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for all nurses in all walks of life.Should be required reading for all nursing students. This is a must read for those who question how women would hold up in combat and should be required reading in military leadership schools. As an RN and the wife of a career military officer,this book humbled me professionally and made me feel shame for the military system that cast them out when done. 22yrs in service and a promotion in her 40s to Captain!! WOW I want to hear the response of the 1st Lieutenant today who expects that promotion automatically long before 30. Excellent book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes me proud to be a nurse. The women whose stories are told in this wonderful book should be role models for all of us working in modern well equiped hospital. I will find it very hard to complain about being overworked and under appreciated now. I'm glad I read this book at a time in my own nursing career when I feel burnt out and always tired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had trouble putting it down, even though I knew how it would end. As a nurse myself, I found this story inspiring and thought provoking.