You will find YouTube videos that may be of interest, books I discovered since researching my book, stories from readers that they are willing to share, pictures I have posted on Pinterest, and whatever else strikes my fancy. Check back periodically to see what is new.
What was the “Pledge of Silence?” It was a document military pows signed when they were repatriated stating they would not talk about their experiences in the prison camp without clearance from the War Department. The official title was “Publicity in Connection with Escaped, Liberated, or Repatriated Prisoners of War to include Evaders of Capture in Enemy or Enemy Occupied Territory and Internees in Neutral Countries.”
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This is the best video I have found of the nurses experiences in the Philippines. World War II footage is interspersed among excerpts from 1985 interviews with twelve of the nurses. Their first-person accounts are both chilling and heart warming. 30 minutes.
You see these face peering out from behind a deteriorating Japanese flag on my book cover. The picture was taken in 1943 at Santo Tomas Internment Camp by a Japanese guard. The women are interned army nurses Bertha Dworsky, Sallie P. Durrett, Erlene Black, Jean Kennedy, Louise Anchieks, and Millie Dalton.
I watched this youtube documentary several times to get a feel or pre-war Manila. My readers ask if I had been to the Philippines. I have not. Seventy-five years hence, there would be no sights or feelings like those shown in this old video. 11 minutes.
A video released in 1945 to promote the purchase of war bonds. It is a good overview of the chain of medical evacuation of wounded solders, and the work of nurses in the field hospitals, evacuation hospitals, evacuation airplanes, and on hospital ships. Note: basic training for the nurses is covered, though, early in the war the nurses were not given any military training what-so-ever, as written in my book A Pledge of Silence. 16 minutes.
I share this story at the book clubs I attend and it is always a favorite. Click on the link to read about Cocquette, an Alsatian who guided downed airmen from enemy occupied Belgium to safety in France. How does this story tie in to “A Pledge of Silence?” So much damage would have been done had these airmen told this story in 1942. Click here: Cocquette