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Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific

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.

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"Farrell offers a thoroughly researched account encompassing the experiences of 67 American nurses held as POWs in the Philippines. Well-chosen quotes from interviews, personal accounts, and articles bring their voices into the story, while the many period photos offer intriguing glimpses of the war, the camps, and the women’s later lives....the details of many nurses’ individual trials combine to form a memorable portrayal of their shared experience, one that will emotionally impact readers." -- Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Author Mary Cronk Farrell
ISBN 1419710281
Publication Date Feb 25, 2014
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Language English