Who read "We Band of Angels"?

  1. I enjoyed it.

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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   WickedRedRN
    I did and LOVED it! I enjoy historical books about WWII anyhow, but this was intense.

    I enjoyed the contrast shown, how these nurses had a tropical paradise then the bottom fell out and became the worst possible conditions. Like all nurses, they possessed the ability to "make do with whatever they could" Their care and concern for the servicemen in their care was incredible. Particularly heartwrenching was when they were evacuating to the tunnel and had to leave behind sick and wounded at the makeshift hospital, knowing the Japanese would likely kill those during the invasion.

    I was also shocked at the unwillingness of the government to award these nurses combat valor medals. Shameful.

    What did you think?
  4. by   prmenrs
    I ordered it.

    Is this gonna make me cry??? Dang.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    I like how diaries, letters, and photos were used.

    The follow up of their lives and reunionsyears later was wonderful, emotional, and sad.
    What heroes!
  6. by   prmenrs
    OK. It IS going to make me cry.
  7. by   WickedRedRN
    Quote from prmenrs
    OK. It IS going to make me cry.

    I didn't cry, but it was very touching. FWIW, I am someone who has been known to cry at Hallmark commercials :chuckle
  8. by   rninme
    I read it...and loved it. Now I'm going to have to order her book about the nurses in Vietnam....
  9. by   prmenrs
    It just came. Not sure I can sneak that in for a couple of weeks. I have NRP next week and my continuing ed to get done for license renewal next month.

    I just hate it when my professional life interferes w/my reading (and computer) time!!
  10. by   bethin
    Quote from LoriRN2B
    I enjoyed the contrast shown, how these nurses had a tropical paradise then the bottom fell out and became the worst possible conditions. Like all nurses, they possessed the ability to "make do with whatever they could" Their care and concern for the servicemen in their care was incredible. Particularly heartwrenching was when they were evacuating to the tunnel and had to leave behind sick and wounded at the makeshift hospital, knowing the Japanese would likely kill those during the invasion.

    I was also shocked at the unwillingness of the government to award these nurses combat valor medals. Shameful.

    What did you think?
    I agree 100% with your post. It starts off describing this tropical paradise and then all hell breaks loose.

    Those nurses deserved medals.

    I just finished "A World Of Hurt-Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam". It was VERY good, and yes, I did cry. In school and even college we never studied the Vietnam War, so I never knew soldiers were addicted to heroin. The nurse says at times that there were more heroin addicts in the hospital then there were casualities. I would highly recommend this book. It's an easy, quick read. It's written by Mary Reynolds Powers but she goes back and interviews other nurses and doctors to discover their views on the war. One moment really made the tears flow: pumping saline into a pt with an open chest wound only to find out that the saline going in was coming out of his wound. Needless to say, the soldier died.
  11. by   Mangosteen_Fruit
    I have not read that yet but it surely sounds interesting!

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