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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
mtmNE More than 1 year ago
Very moving book. I am embarrassed that my knowledge of WWII history was so lacking. I had no idea about what happened in the Philippines at that time.
BookishBlonde More than 1 year ago
I can rate this book while still reading because this will be the second time I've read it. If you're a nurse or have served in the military this is a must read. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines during WWII ninety-nine American army and navy nurses without any combat training found themselves suddenly behind enemy lines. They spent months working under appalling conditions in hidden field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan, moving frequently to stay ahead of Japanese. Eventually an evacuation was executed. However, when these nurses learned that only they were to be evacuated while the injured men in their care were to be left behind with only a handful of medics to see to the most basic care the vast majority of them refused to get on the ships and stayed behind to continue caring for their patients; over seventy of these nurses voluntarily remained on Bataan. After some months they and their patients were captured and became part of the infamous Bataan Death March. The nurses survived the Death March and endured three years of captivity in a POW camp. We Band of Angels is a story of dedication, compassion, and courage. This is a part of our history that has received too little attention, give these women and nurses the recognition and honor they deserve and read their story.
wabisabi More than 1 year ago
Not only does this book tell you what the nurses endured during their time as prisoners of war but it shows you that being a prisoner of war affects you for the rest of your life. The Japanese starved their prisoners and this temporary malnutrition had a lifelong affect, making it virtually impossible to completely forget their years of imprisonment. These ladies were amazing - nursing other prisoners while they, themselves, were suffering from beri beri, dysentary, malaria, and other horrible diseases.
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
A must read for anyone interested in WW2 history in the Pacific or in the history of Women on the front lines
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a nurse i was honored to read about the true heros of my profession. I met on veterans day 2012 Mrs Diane Carlson Evens,RN, and heard of her life as a nurse in Veitnam and her life following the war. I learned of her fight to get, not only her and her contemporaries recognized for there service to our country, but also all women who had been in war. She is the founder and Chair of the Vietnam Women's Memorial. Talking with her light in me a passion to find out and learn about these women and to bring voice to there stories. I found this book very informative and truly a blessing to read. These women were angels, then and today. Nurses in war are Angels for in that moment they are a little peace of heaven because of there dedication amd love for there patents. Thank you for righting this book to set the story streaght.
kcsTX More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Norman has crafted a highly readable, very enlightening book on the little know plight of the U.S. Army and Navy Nurses trapped in the Philippines for the duration of WWII. The courage, dedication and fortitude of these women should stand as and example to all.
dmcjr4 More than 1 year ago
An incrredible story of World War Ii in the Phillipines before the Phillipines,Bataan and Corregidor fell, and the suffering these nurses endured and the prisoners they cared for....Truly INSPIRING !!
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!
Anonymous 7 months ago
This piece of history about women who did great and ordnary things in extrodinary cirunstance.
USMCproudmom More than 1 year ago
What an amazing tale of sacrifice, duty, honor and grace. The nurses in this true story are true heroes! It is too bad that their individual and collective actions were not acknowledged sooner. They truly paved the way for those of us women veterans who came later. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude for their service.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These ladies are great heros of WWII. Left to fend for themselves and they came out on top with class.
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This was an interesting read regarding the nurses who were held as POWs in WWII. A must read for those that are interested in real life stories of WWII POWs, especially the nurses that were involved and their hardships they underwent as POWs.
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