In the early 1940s, young women enlisted for peacetime duty as U.S. Army nurses. But 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. Pure Grit is a story of sisterhood and suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life. The women cared for one another, maintained discipline, and honored their vocation to nurse anyone in need—all 101 coming home alive. The book is illustrated with archival photographs and includes an index, glossary, and timeline.
|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||36 MB|
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|Age Range:||12 - 16 Years|
About the Author
An award-winning journalist, Mary Cronk Farrell's books have received many accolades and a SPUR Award. She lives in Spokane, WA.
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Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Pure Grit is the gripping story of nurses in the Phillipines who were taken prisoner when the Japanese attacked during WWII. Hundreds of nurses survived brutal conditions, hunger, and imprisonment for more than three years. Mary Cronk Farrell has captured their stories through detailed research, an impressive collection of photographs, and lyrical, compelling writing. She personalizes each of the women, helping readers get to know them before, during, and after their ordeals. This story of all but forgotten war heroes will surprise and engage readers of all ages.
Fabulous book! Anyone interested in WWII, Nursing or contributions women made during the war effort would enjoy reading this literary account of RN's being held captive in the Philippines during WWII. Many interesting stories and the photos are excellent.