World War II Survivors are Dying Out

World War II Survivors are Dying Out

Today, on the FOX NEWS website, there is a story of the army nurses who survived Bataan and Corregidor. They spent the war years at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. They, with the navy nurses, were the nurses who took care of me when I was hospitalized with intractable diarrhea. (Chapter 7)

Many WWII personal stories of hardship and survival are surfacing. Those of us who tell the stories are realizing that if we don’t tell our stories, there will be no one left to tell. We are an aging population and our numbers become fewer every year. If we leave it to children and grandchildren, some things will be left out.

An earlier book chronicled the nurses who were left behind in the Philippines and spent the war as POWs.

Initially, both the army and navy nurses worked shifts at Santo Tomas, but when the Los Banos camp was opened, the navy nurses volunteered to work there. I can imagine the difficulties they endured trying to work with no supplies. There had to have been difficulties working out work schedules between two military groups. Who would have been in charge? Who outranked whom? It must have been a relief when they had their own sphere of operations. (Chapter 8)

Here is a brief commemoration to those navy nurses: