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During 1945, the author found herself in the monsoon-drenched jungles of Assam, caring for soldiers in the China-Burma-India theater of war. Nothing in her training had prepared her for the tropical diseases or the thatched-roof hospital where men spat on the floor, rats were pervasive, and patients used handguns to chase gigantic cockroaches (and wereas likely to sell their medicine as swallow it).
The experience was made tolerable by Nurse Camp’s romance with one of the airmen who flew the Hump, supplying O.S.S. troops behind Japanese lines and carrying General Joseph Stilwell’s Chinese troops to fight the battle of North Burma. She accompanied her future husband on some of his missions. Based in part on letters she wrote to her parents, this is the poignant story of one nurse’s experience in World War II.
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Foreword by Connie L. Slewitzke, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired 1
1 AT WAR IN THE FAR EAST 7
2 OUR ASSAM DRAGON HOME 11
3 A DATE WITH RED 18
4 WHERE IT ALL STARTED 25
5 ACROSS THE BLUE PACIFIC 32
6 THE 14TH EVACUATION HOSPITAL 39
7 NIGHT DUTY ON THE WARD 50
8 HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE JUNGLE 54
9 A VISIT WITH RED 58
10 A TRIP TO CALCUTTA 71
11 SHOPPING FOR BOOTS WITH A BRITISH COLONEL 79
12 OVER THE HUMP TO CHINA 89
13 A VISIT FROM A JUNGLE BEAST 105
14 A SURREPTITIOUS FLIGHT TO HSIAN, CHINA 113
15 MALAISE AT THE 20TH GENERAL HOSPITAL IN LEDO 120
16 A REGULAR ARMY NURSE AT THE 142ND GENERAL HOSPITAL 130
17 LIFE IN CALCUTTA 137
18 RED STOPS BY 143
19 A NEW YEAR’S EVE ESCAPADE 152
20 LEFT BEHIND IN INDIA 157
21 GOING HOME 163