All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 228 pages
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""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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Contents

1 Pacific Paradise
1
2 Paradise Lost
16
Illustrations follow pages20
20
3 Descent into Hell
29
4 The Other Alamo
38
5 From the Frying Pan into the Fire
61
6 The Tunnel and the Rock
67
Illustrations follow pages84
84
11 Home at Last
170
Appendix A
179
Appendix B
181
Appendix C
182
Appendix D
183
Appendix E
186
Appendix F
190
Appendix G
193

7 The City of Hell
98
8 Life along the River Styx
112
9 Hunger in the Heart of Hell
125
10 Liberation
154
Illustrations follow pages164
164
Appendix H
196
Notes
197
Bibliograph
210
Index
217
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About the author (2000)

Evelyn M. Monahan served as a U.S. Army medic during the Vietnam era and is a retired psychologist.

Neidel works for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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