Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Deaths: Last Known Female Military POW of WWII-- Part 2

Mildred Manning was then among 4,000 people detained at a prison camp built on the grounds of Manila's University of Santo Thomas and run by Japanese civilians (very fortunate for her, things would have been worse in a Japanese military camp).

In 1943, two Hollywood movies were made to honor the nurses of the Philippines, "Cry Havoc" and "So proudly We Hail," but the real-life "Angels of Bataan and Corregidor were soon forgotten.  I had never heard of them before this article.  This sounds like a good movie for Clint Eastwood to make.

The letters they wrote were never sent and found after the war in a Manila warehouse.

Mrs. Manning said that the prison camp had no showers, beds or kitchens.  A single toilet was used by hundreds of people, yet somehow the nurses persevered. Even in captivity, they continued strict military order, always wearing their uniforms and carig for the sick.

Early in 1944, the jJapanese military took over the camp and conditions got worse.  Dozens died from starvation.  Prisoners were taken away and never returned.

More to Come.  --GreGen

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