Jun 29, 10
Read in June, 2010
"So we will not call them heroes or angels, but what they were, what they are - women, made remarkable by history and ennobled by suffering and love." (from the book)
It is by circumstance or fate that these Army & Navy nurses find themselves prisoners of war in the Philippines, held by the Japanese, during WWII. The author interviewed many of the survivors whose first hand accounts are harrowing. How does a person survive such horrors? Sadly, some don't.
Once the nurses return from captivity, their ordeal is not over. They are faced with a military bureaucracy that is indifferent, ignorant and sexist in their view of the service of these women.
I am grateful that Elizabeth Norman wrote this book. To me, there are so many stories of forgotten history that need to be retold. I am glad that this one was conveyed in such a engrossing way.