Pure grit : how American World War II nurses survived battle and prison camp in the Pacific / Mary Cronk Farrell ; foreword by First Lieutenant Diane Carlson Evans
BOOK | Abrams Books for Young Readers | 2014.
Available at Central YA (YA 940.547573 F) plus 3 more
160 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm.
"The story of American nurses serving in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked the islands on December 8, 1941."--Dust jacket.
When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the United States into World War II, 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them. The women served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, when most of them were captured by the Japanese as prisoners of war, they suffered disease and near-starvation for three years. This is their story of sisterhood and suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life.
Introduction -- Adventure and romance -- Surprise attack -- No time for fear -- Nurses under fire -- Retreat to the jungle -- Make-do medicine -- Boxed in on Bataan -- Retreat to the rock -- Holing up on Corregidor Island -- Rescued! -- Surrender to the enemy -- Held incommunicado -- Santo Tomas internment camp -- Food? Grow your own -- Hope at last -- Walking skeletons -- Liberation! -- Homecoming -- Forgotten -- Moving on -- Recognition at last.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 146-148) and index.