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

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Turtleback Books, May 1, 2000 - History - 352 pages
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In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardeniascented paradise for the 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 the 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.

We Band of Angels is winner of the Lavinia Book Award, the American Academy of Nursing National Media Award, and the Agnes Dillon Randolph Award.

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User Review  - Mark Darby - Goodreads

I read this book when I was trying to write a nurse's week presentation. It was a great find. The story about how the work of nursing saved the nurses from so much death, gave them purpose, is something that resonates with me. A great read! Good use facts and personal story. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

Before reading this book, I knew virtually nothing about the American forces in the Philippines during WWII. It was very educational and inspiring for me to read the account of these brave women, and ... Read full review

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Dr. Elizabeth M. Norman is an associate professor of nursing and the director of the doctoral program at New York University's Division of Nursing in the School of Education. Her specialty is nursing history. The recipient of many honors and awards, she has written "Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam" and numerous articles. She lives with her husband, Michael, and their two sons, Joshua and Benjamin, in New Jersey.

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