In the fall of 1941, the Philippines was a gardenia-scented paradise for the American Army and Navy nurses stationed there. War was as a distant rumor, life a routine of easy shifts and dinners under the stars. December 8 all of that changed, as Japanese bombs began raining down on American bases in Luzon,and this paradise became a fiery hell. Caught in the raging battle, the nurse set up fied hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war and suffered the terror of shells and shrapnel.
But the worst was yet to come, after Bataan and Corregidor fell, the nurses were herded in internment camps where they would endure three years of fear, brutality and starvation. Once liberated, they returned to an America at first celebrated them, but later refused to honor their leaders with the medals clearly deserved. Here in letters, diaries,and riveting firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days. woven together in a deeply affecting saga of women at war.
Hello TTT Ladie,
Please show your support on February 4, 2014 at 6:30pm, at the restaurant “Panera Bread” in Augusta, Ga
We will be discussing “We Band Of Angels” The Untold Story Of American Women Trapped On Bataan, the author is Elizabeth M. Norman
Renatta will be our facilitator.