Pure Grit. How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle by Mary Cronk Farrell

By Mary Cronk Farrell

In the early Forties, younger ladies enlisted for peacetime accountability as U.S. military nurses. but if the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the U.S. into international conflict II, one zero one American military and army nurses serving within the Philippines have been all of sudden treating wounded and death infantrymen whereas bombs exploded throughout them. the ladies served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals at the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, whilst such a lot of them have been captured via the japanese as prisoners of struggle, they suffered sickness and near-starvation for 3 years. Pure Grit is a narrative of sisterhood and soreness, of tragedy and betrayal, of demise and lifestyles. the ladies cared for each other, maintained self-discipline, and commemorated their vocation to nurse somebody in need—all one hundred and one coming domestic alive.

The publication is illustrated with archival photos and contains an index, word list, and timeline.

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Had they been forgotten, or simply abandoned? Japanese troops advance on Manila astride bicycles, which allowed quiet, flexible, inexpensive transport for thousands of soldiers. December 1941. On January 2 Peggy heard a strange putt-putt-putt-putt in the streets. Japanese soldiers rode in on motorbikes and bicycles to take over the city. Looking out over the balcony and seeing the American Stars and Stripes coming down and the red sun of the Japanese flag going up was Peggy’s worst moment yet. S.

It offered complete protection from artillery or air attack. ” CHRISTMAS DAY WHILE FELLOW NURSES EVACUATED FROM Sternberg, the hospital’s commanding officer, Colonel J. W. Duckworth, called for Frances Nash. “Prepare yourself to be taken prisoner,” he told her. Frances might have laughed at the idea just weeks before. Now she knew the grim possibilities that faced her. “Yes, sir,” she said. The colonel explained that she was to stay behind at Sternberg and continue her duties until all supplies and staff members had been evacuated.

1’s eighteen wards overflowed with casualties from the front lines. “I’d get down on my knees, finally not even bothering to arise, but crawling to the next cot,” Hattie said. Army nurses worked twenty-hour shifts caring for casualties on Bataan Peninsula, Philippine Islands. The wounded at a medical station in Bataan. Serious cases on litters were transported to Hospital No. 1, where they received a smear test for gangrene bacteria, treatment for shock, and surgery if needed. One of the men pictured is delirious, possibly from sunstroke.

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