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By Mary Cronk Farrell

In the early Forties, younger ladies enlisted for peacetime responsibility as U.S. military nurses. but if the japanese assault on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the U.S. into international warfare II, one zero one American military and military nurses serving within the Philippines have been without notice treating wounded and demise infantrymen whereas bombs exploded throughout them. the ladies served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals at the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, while such a lot of them have been captured via the japanese as prisoners of warfare, they suffered ailment and near-starvation for 3 years. Pure Grit is a narrative of sisterhood and anguish, of tragedy and betrayal, of loss of life and lifestyles. the ladies cared for each other, maintained self-discipline, and commemorated their vocation to nurse a person in need—all one zero one coming domestic alive.
The booklet is illustrated with archival photos and comprises an index, thesaurus, and timeline.

Praise for Pure Grit
"Details of many nurses’ person trials mix to shape a memorable portrayal in their shared event, one that will emotionally impression readers."
--Booklist, starred review

"Primary resource fabrics, particularly the movingly matter-of-fact memories of numerous of the nurses and private snapshots, carry the tale to life."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Farrell doesn’t spare her younger readers any grim information . . . She comprises the demanding situations those girls confronted and the enjoyment they felt on returning domestic. As lousy as background may be, now may be the fitting time to introduce the following iteration to this crucial period."
--The Washington Post

"In addition to pictures and worthy maps, the web page layouts comprise facsimiles of the nurses’ letters and diaries. younger readers who loved Tanya Lee Stone’s Almost Astronauts: thirteen girls Who Dared to Dream also will delight in this tale of brave ladies whose tale was once approximately forgotten."
--School Library Journal

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While Ethel back to lively responsibility state-side in July 1945, she suffered anxiousness and bouts of crying, making it tough to do her projects. notwithstanding clinically determined with critical and persistent anxiousness, Ethel remained on accountability till the military retired her that September. Frankie remained hospitalized in the course of the finish of March, whilst she went domestic to Oklahoma. Her sixty-day depart was once prolonged to 90 days, and then she went to a military redistribution heart in Miami seashore, Florida, for extra convalescence. the military had confirmed a few facilities round the kingdom the place American POWs from Europe, in addition to the Pacific, went to relaxation and regain their healthiness. This information clipping tells the romantic tale of First Lieutenant Dorothy Scholl’s marriage ceremony. Sally Blaine met “Zip” Millett at one of many facilities. a military colonel, Zip had fought in Europe and been taken prisoner by way of the Germans. Sally and Zip take to each other instantly and shortly married. “I used to be yes there weren’t going to be to any extent further terrible issues in our lives,” acknowledged Sally. After traveling domestic in New Hampshire, Rita Palmer went on a recruiting force for the military Nurse Corps. She spent eighteen days in long island urban. “We had a ball going to performs and portray our fingernails, going to Elizabeth Arden and getting all gussied up. ” different nurses resented being compelled to place up a entrance for the general public. “The military despatched us round all over making speeches for the warfare bonds. It used to be negative, since you didn’t are looking to do it,” Millie Dalton stated. “You have been so drained, you simply desired to relaxation and be along with your relations. ” “You needed to type of atone for what existence was once all about,” Charlie Dworsky stated. “You have been unexpectedly thrown into chaos and confusion. every person desired to check with you. all people sought after you to make a speech. and also you have been struggling with malnutrition; you have been a worried smash. ” military Nurse Dorothy nonetheless acknowledged, “I started to consider like an item after your time, kind of a freak. ” Colonel Zip Millet and Lieutenant Sally Blaine, 1945. Vice-Admiral Thomas C. Kincaid, USN, Commander seventh Fleet, Southwest Pacific strength, welcomes army nurses after their rescue. within the middle is Peggy Nash. Dorothy nonetheless (seated at a long way left) was once too vulnerable to face for the photograph. Ex-POW military nurses in entrance of the plane that introduced them from the southwest Pacific to Naval Air Station, Honolulu, on what used to be then known as Territory of Hawaii, early March 1945. From left (the nurses are donning leis): Mary Chapman; Basilia Stewart; no longer pointed out; Edwina Todd; Susie Pitcher; Dorothy nonetheless; Mary Rose Harrington; Laura Mae Cobb; Peggy Nash; Eldene Paige; Goldie O’Haver (barely visible); Bertha Evans; and Helen Gorzelanski. The others aren't pointed out. MID-MARCH 1945 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania THE LIBERATED army NURSES ARRIVED AT OAK Knoll Naval sanatorium in California with little fanfare in mid-March. One nurse’s knees stored buckling from beriberi; another’s center used to be so weakened, she may possibly hardly ever stroll; and a 3rd had trouble respiring. whereas she was once in captivity, Peggy Nash’s weight had dropped from one hundred thirty to sixty eight kilos and medical professionals acknowledged she used to be too in poor health to move domestic.

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