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

  1. says:

    A little known piece of American history, the men of Corregidor were not alone There were along with them American nurses This book is their story This is their history They were there, trapped and caring for those American soldiers whom we have heard so much.These women also suffered starvation, disease and fear Yet they stayed valiant They had no medical supplies, nothing but what could be used to care for their charges Yet we hear nothing of them.They were present at Bataan They fled to Corregidor These are the stories told by the women who suffered torture, starvation and imprisonment alongside the men.In Bataan they built makeshift hospitals, worked 24 hours a day and also suffered the malaria and other diseases of the jungle None laid down None have up.They operated in open areas with little to no supplies.This book is their testimony Photographs included They ministered to these men Even if they could only offer help in talk They fell in love and watched men die.They stuck together and under these conditions, suffered but carried on.They were imprisoned.Many know nothing of these brave women What better time to describe their dedication to duty than Nurse s week.Women who never fired a shot, who stayed and did their duty.The book consists of their stories A MUST READ.Well written and fascinating A tribute to nurses who have served in the armed forces Doing and aiding where they could.


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    My Great Aunt, Captain Edith Shacklette Shack was one of the Angels I can not be unbiased about this book as it holds a dear place in my heart and on my shelf I have read everything I can get my hands on about this subject Ms Norman s book is the best of all of them I have read Her research, interviews with then still living Angels , and her writing style, make this a absorbing and page turning treatise on an important part of World War II history.


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    They were mostly daughters of farmers and blue collar workers Not having much better options, the USA having just gone through the Great Depression, they decided to join the US military as nurses.Assigned to the Philippines, they were having the time of their lives with very little work to do and lots of handsome military men Americans, of course who invite them to dinners, dancing and parties The country was a tropical paradise then, especially to them, its then colonial masters.Apparently, their military counterparts in the mainland, including those at Pearl Harbor, were having the same laid back lives and fun nights Most of them were still asleep when the Japanese planes and submarines blasted their parked planes and ships to smithereens The US military was crippled.Within hours, the Japanese promptly bombed key American military installations in the Philippines Despite Pearl Harbor hours before, the partying Americans were still caught with their pants down So they were also left without enough planes and ships to repulse a Japanese invasion they long knew was coming.Suddenly, the American nurses, around a hundred of them, found themselves at war Goodbye to the fancy dinner dates, the dancing and the romance Here come the mangled, bleeding bodies of their dying and wounded soldiers They started real work for the first time since their overseas assignment.The original plan of their supreme commander General Douglas McArthur was to defend the country at various possible key points of a Japanese land invasion But since they were caught napping, they couldn t do that any Not without their planes and ships So Gen McArthur declared Manila, the country s capital, an open city and ordered a retreat of all the forces under his command both Americans and Filipinos to Bataan a peninsula in Luzon and the nearby island fortress of Corregidor Much needed provisions food, medicines, etc were left during this hasty strategic retreat and consolidation.In Bataan the nurses continued their work They set up field hospitals, mostly just beds where the sick and the injured laid, many right there on the ground, under the canopy of trees and forest vegetation It didn t take long for them to feel the acute shortage of food and medicine.The nurses and soldiers were in the field while their chief, Gen McArthur stayed in his dogout So they nicknamed him Dugout Doug He receives orders from the US President not to surrender But when the situation was already critical, Dugout Doug decided to leave his dugout and flee to Australia, then he went home to America That, after making a speech which the Filipinos and his gullible men held on to for three years I shall return Feeling orphaned, the American soldiers left behind in Bataan called themselves the Battling Bastards of Bataan, with no mama and no papa, they said With no reinforcements, no air cover, no ships, no submarines and fresh supplies they fought on with Filipino soldiers who greatly outnumbered them and who did most of the fighting in the frontlines The Filipinos also of course outnumbered them in the number of dead and injured Yet not one name of a Filipino soldier is mentioned in this book.There were, of course, also many Filipino nurses working for the Americans at Bataan When Bataan was about to surrender, a high ranked American officer ordered the evacuation of AMERICAN nurses to the nearby Corregidor American nurses ONLY Luckily, the American head nurse, Josie Nesbit, had grown attached to her Filipino nurses who called her Mama Josie and she stood her ground, insisted that even the Filipino nurses should be given refuged at Corregidor or else she herself won t go The officer relented Not one of these Filipino nurses names, however, was mentioned in this book too.Names of a few Filipino women were mentioned, but only those who were married to Americans, the author carefully pointing out their married names and those of their respective husbands.From the safety of their offices in the US, Gen McArthur and the US President sent to the Philippines a lot of words Help is coming, they kept on saying none came Even Gen McArthur s promise to return took three years to fulfill because unknown to the Filipinos and Americans in the Philippines the US Government had decided to concentrate first in liberating Europe where the British and the French were Asia was less important.When both Bataan and Corregidor had fallen the American nurses were interred at the compound of my Alma Mater, the University of Santo Tomas UST in Manila, older than Harvard, thereafter called as the Santo Tomas Internment Camp STIC That was where the non combatants enemy citizens were kept by the Japanese professionals, businessmen, women and children Food was short and a good number died of malnutrition, starvation and sickness, but it was no Nazi concentration camp or a Russian gulag They at the STIC went hungry, but not as hungry as the Filipinos in the rest of the country They had their deaths, but not as frequent and not as many elsewhere Not one of these American nurses died, whether in Bataan, Corregidor or at the STIC.Manila was the second most devastated city next to Warsaw, Poland during world war two And to think that no fighting was done here during the Japanese invasion unlike in Warsaw Why Because to save on American lives, the American liberators just bombed the city to the rubbles Many Filipino civilians died of these friendly bombs during the liberation of the city.But of course not the STIC where the Americans were No bomb fell on it, even if it was a key Japanese garrison A expensive, carefully planned commando type of operation was done here Very little firefight happened to free the camp The surprised Japanese soldiers guarding it was allowed to join the rest of their forces only after a brief standoff.I took my undergraduate course at UST and for four years I spent long hours at its old, Hispanic era main building where the main library was housed I already knew then that the campus, especially this building, was occupied by the Japanese during the war yet didn t know that the reason it was spared from destruction was not because of the prayers of the Dominican priests there but the presence of the American prisoners during the liberation of the city Despite my complaints, however, I feel the need to rate this properly This is a well written despite the spelling errors of many Filipino words , interesting and thoroughly enjoyable book of history The pictures are also worth looking at the UST main buiding, the same as it is today the UST athletic ground, where I used to play baseball, with the American soldiers firing mortars the beautiful American nurses, Mary Rose Harrington and Cassie Cassiani, in their old age the others, in their 70s and 80s, visiting the tombstones of those other nurses who had died ahead of them.


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    My father served at Fort Mills Hospital, Corregidormilitary records don t show him assigned to the hospital, yet photos of him outside the hospital with the staff of the hospital in a staff photo As I read this book I wondered how many of the Army Nurses in this book worked along side my father, how many he knew He wouldn t have known them in a social way as he was a corpsman Like many of the women in this book fate decides what you will encounter My father was transferred back to stateside at the end of October 1941 just as some of these nurses were arriving He got home late November 1941 two weeks before Pearl Harbor, one month before Japanese bombs rained down on the staffs of the Military Hospitals He would return to this theater of war as a Bomber co pilot He would meet some of the liberated POWs as they arrived at different bases to recuperate from their ordeal.This is the story of the Army and Navy Nurses who were serving in the Philippines at the outbreak of war They dealt with some of the most grievous battle injuries as the military struggled to defend Bataan and Corregidor, operating under jungle canopies with little to no supplies with wounded soldiers in the thousands were given their ever attention, because they had little else to give Elizabeth M Norman brings us a true picture of what the medical staff and this small cadre of nurses endured during the battles that finally led to the surrender of the Philippines and the three and a half year incarceration at Santos Thomas.It is a story of survival, and how discipline, commitment to work and esprit de corps give them the strength to survive It is a story of how ordinary women with dedication managed to do extraordinary things while under fire and debilitating treatment during their long internment It follows them home and follows the lives they tried to rebuild Like all service personnel who have seen war and all of its horrors it also deals with how they coped with the nightmares and health problems they suffered because of their starvation diets The War Department used them for propaganda, painted them as heroes extraordinaire, yet denied them both honors and promotions and ongoing medical care Their stories are amazing stories of women who pulled themselves together and kept giving their all to serve those n their care It is a story that everyone should knowa few would go on to serve just a few years later in the MASH units of Korea and forward medical facilities.Both of my sons, twin boys, served in the Army Reserve Medical Corps so I am perhaps inclined to understand the ethos of being in the military with the charge of taking care of others whether under fire or not There is not one soldier in battle that hasn t been awed by the sacrifices Corpsman have made under fire, or the care they received in a forward medical unit if they were wounded in battle to be stabilized for transport I was very moved by these women which was documented without flourish or exaggeration Like they all said the real heroes are not those who survived like them but those who gave their all in our name a thing we too often forget.


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    I found this an interesting look at an untold story of World War II This was a fairly short, quick read that tells the story of the roughly 100 American nurses stranded in the Philippines with outbreak of war in December 1941 The author makes good use of diaries and interviews to tell their story In some ways she attributed the fact the she is a nurse herself, her ability to connect with the Nurses who where still surviving at the time this book was researched Ms Normon not only looks at what happened after the attack, she also tells the story of why many of the nurses were there in the first place She looks at their motivations for joining the military, requesting duty in the Philippines and their relationship with each other and the higher authorities She even takes on the Interservice rivalry that occurred between Navy and Army nurses.With the Japanese invasion and the withdrawal of troops to Bataan, most of the Nurses went with the troops As with the soldiers, they suffered shortages of everything, but continued to do their jobs They suffered shelling and on than one occasion the Japanese bombing of the 2 hospitals When the end came, over their objections they were evacuated to Corregidor Many of them said that leaving their patients was the hardest thing they ever did.The author tells of the attempts to get some of the nurses out 20 went out via PBY s, but only 10 were successfully evacuated The other 10 were captured in Mindanao when the PBY had mechanical problems and a few went out by submarine One of the myths surrounding those who went out was that the names were pulled out of a hat, but as Ms Normon looked at those who were evacuated, they all had some reason to be going age, cracking under pressure, severe illness etc, people the chief nurse thought would have trouble surviving captivity.With their evacuation to Corregidor, the nurse missed the Death March and upon capture were placed in St Tomos Internment Camp STIC in Manila with the interned Allied Civilians The story of the efforts of their senior leadership to keep them together and functioning as a military unit is one of the highlights of the story for me For the Record the STIC was not the hell hole that the POW camps elsewhere in the Philippines were, but life was not easy for them either They were malnourished with all the illnesses that brings Interservice rivalry did not stop even in STIC The Navy nurses volunteered to move to the Los Banos Internment Camp to get out of the Army s controlThe author does not stop her narrative with the liberating of the internment camps in January 1945 While those scenes are poignant, she continues to follow them through to the end of the war and beyond As they returned home, they were treated as conquering heroes Most of them felt that it was not deserved.In her epilogue, the author tells what happened too many of them Some married and had children Others stayed in the military and served in other wars Some when leaving the military stayed in nursing and others left the profession All it seems didn t discuss their experience in Phillipines much.The one draw back I had with the book is that is some places the writing does not flow particularly well Even then the story far out weighs any problems I had with the writing.All in all a good look at these remarkable women 4 stars


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    We Band of Angels The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese gets 4 Stars and I am so thankful someone was able to capture these stories of women at war before it was too late A group of Army and Navy nurses expect fun, romance, excitement in the exotic paradise of 1940 s Philippines What they will get is war and prison camp when the Japanese attack and conquer the PI These independent, adventurous women find themselves on the front line, caring for thousands of torn and mangled soldiers on the Bataan Peninsula They survive bombing, artillery strikes and strafing attacks They are ordered to evacuate to Corregidor when it becomes clear the forces on the Bataan Peninsula will have to surrender After the island fortress of Corregidor falls, the nurses are transported to Santo Tomas detention facility They slowly recover their strength and help care for the other detained people in the facility And as their collective sense of humor returned, so did their collective sense of mischief The Japanese had ordered the internees to bow to the guards, and when the nurses entered Santo Tomas they were given lessons in the proper obeisance Now the women decided to have some fun Usually when a group of internees passed a guard, they all bowed together and he bowed once in response, said Eunice Young Well, we hit on the idea of having thirty nurses pass the guard at spaced intervals Just as the guard finished one bow, another nurse would come along and bow two dozen bows in as many minutes and the guard usually took a walk After that when the guards saw the nurses coming, they d turn their backs so they didn t have to bow to us I have read plenty of war stories about men in war These nurses can stand beside them with pride They weren t trained or prepared for combat duty But they were tough survivors of the depression and had the bonds of nursing, hardship and the military The book tells us how they met the challenges and saved many After their rescue, they return home to be used by the administration to prop up the flagging morale of a nation in the fourth year of war Once that purpose was met, they aren t needed all that much The author spends time on the post war years Many suffer from what we would now call PTSD but also go on to successful lives and or careers It was a different era and it is interesting to see how they were viewed vs how women are looked at today.Highly recommended


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    A harrowing and very graphic account of the nurses who were taken prisoner by the Japanese on Bataan during WW II Very detailed almost to a fault Not an easy read but an inspiring one These women were just amazing in their resilience and their dedication to their love of nursing, their love of country and their determination to survive.


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    An amazing story about a group of amazing women.If you saw Pearl Harbor with Ben Afleck, I want you to think of the scene in the hospital with a very few nurses caring for all the casualties that day.Now picture in your mind 12000 American soldiers on a forced march on the island of Bataan They were already near death from starvation, wounds, dehydration and torture The purpose of the march was to have less prisoners to guard When they reached the prison camp, many were dead, and the rest were very close to dying Now picture less than a dozen nurses, with no supplies, no medicine, no beds and no water, treating the survivors and responsible for saving most of the survivors These were some of the women who are written about in this book.Have you heard of the island of Corregidor Think of American nurses in tunnels with little air or light, or supplies, operating on soldiers, hiding from the enemy, and treating men with horrific wounds all day, every day for months until they were discovered and imprisoned These are the stories of unsung heroes of World War II in the South Pacific As the daughter of a woman who joined the Navy and became a WAVE shortly after the legislation was signed establishing the WAVES, I was very touched by this book As a resident of West Virginia at the time I read it, I was surprised that one of these woman was a native of Spencer, West Virginia known to history as Col Ruby Bradley, US Army At her death just a few years ago, Col Bradley had received 34 medals, had seen action in World War II, been a prisoner of war, and tended the wounded in Korea She was the most highly decorated female veteran, and she was a small example of the caliber of women who survived the hell that was Santa Tomas Prison Camp.Every young girl needs to read this inspirational story of just what is possible.


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    Subtitle The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the JapaneseNorman details the personal stories of the nurses and civilians as well as the historical events that led to their interment These women had signed on for an exotic duty station in the tropics When they applied for transfers to the Philippines they expected and got clean, spacious housing units, interesting work in military hospitals, and a lively social life of dances, sports events, concerts, etc, They were treating some wounds mostly incurred in vehicular or training accidents but mostly handled the sorts of things that civilian hospitals manage hernias, appendicitis, infections, as well as maternity and pediatric issues of the military members dependents Then the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the American military bases in the Philippines and suddenly the medical staffs were consumed with combat wounds They were cut off from regular supply channels and had to move to increasingly primitive hospitals At one point the wards of wounded were nothing than hundreds of bamboo beds and pallets arrayed in the open jungle And the medical staff added tropical diseases and malnutrition to the problems they addressed and that they, themselves, suffered When the US surrendered Bataan and then Corregidor to the Japanese, the women were interred in a camp at the former Santo Tomas University campus in Manila They spent three years there until finally rescued by the American forces But their ordeal was far from over Brought back to the US as heroes, they were nevertheless slighted when it came to military decorations and honors And they all suffered continued health problems throughout their lives as a result of their experiences History all but forgot all about them.Norman did extensive research and was able to interview a number of the surviving nurses as well as the families of others who had passed on Their story is gripping and inspiring Brava


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    We Band of Angels The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan By the Japanese..By Elizabeth M Norman True accounts from the Nurses that served in the Phillipines when the Japanese began their take over of Bataan The nurses were evacuated to Corridore, leaving the sick and wounded in Batan was the hardest thing they ever did At Corrigador there was a long underground tunnel that housed the hospital They thought they were safe Once again the nurses had to be evacuated They left by submarine Stateside movies were made to show all that these nurses went through So Proudly We Hail, Since you went away, Cry Havoc The nurses hated these movies, because it made all their work seem trivial The older nurses encouraged the younger ones The present was so terrible, that they would talk of the past Starvation and malnutrition was the instrument of death They lost 17 50 pounds The nurses were as sick as their patients On Jan 9, 1945 Gereral McArthur broke through the Jap lines and freed the Americans The nurses gave the best of themselves When they arrived at their US homes they were greeted like hero s.


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