Over at her blog READ LIKE A WRITER, a Teaching Blog, Author Christine Kohler offers a look at how the stories of the World War II POW nurses were almost lost forever.
In 1945, when the women arrived home after their three years as POW’s in the Philippines, their superiors had them sign statements agreeing not to speak of the atrocities they had seen.
“They treated it as if it was a stigma,” said Lieutenant Colonel Hattie R. Brantley.
A good number of the seventy-eight POW nurses had died before there was any effort to preserve their stories. Read more...
And check out Christine's novel NO SURRENDER SOLIDER, a story encompassing the experiences of a WWII soldier, a Vietnam soldier and the boy that links the two.
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