I wish I could have interviewed Marcia Gates for my book, which contains oral histories of WWII nurses, including prisoners of war. She was one of the brave nurse volunteers who became an army nurse in order to have adventure, never knowing where it would take them. The army and navy nurses who spent 3 years as prisoners of the Japanese in the Philippines all survived, but after suffering through starvation and life-long effects that remained with many of them the rest of their lives.
The author, a niece of Marcia Gates, fills in this biography with letters that express the feelings and tell the stories of both the nurse and her family, especially her mother, who was tenacious to get news of her daughter. This is a history book also, following the war in the Pacific until the U.S. Forces rescued the prisoners. As these letters are being discovered after the death of so many WWII veterans, I hope more of their first-person stories will be told.
Diane Burke Fessler, author of NO TIME FOR FEAR, VOICES OF AMERICAN MILITARY NURSES IN WORLD WAR II