•POWomen• During WWII, 78 US Military Nurses were held as prisoners of war in the Philippines for over 3 years. 66 Army Nurses, 11 Navy Nurses, and 1 other nurse were forced into interment camps. They continued throughout their captivity to serve as nurses and care for other prisoners. They were liberated in February 1945. They were almost starved to death during and lost an average of 30% of their body weight during internment. "THE ANGELS OF BATAAN AND CORREGIDOR" - NEVER FORGOTTEN!
20 Aug 40: Winston Churchill gives a speech in the House of Commons, saying "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few," referring to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force pilots fighting the Battle of Britain. #WWII
General Douglas MacArthur looking at bodies of Japanese soldiers killed hours before during the fight to take Bataan and liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation. Location: Bataan, Philippine Islands Date taken: February 16, 1945 (Life Magazine photo)
Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.
US Army nurses boarding cargo plane for transport after they were liberated from Japanese internment camps during WWII. Location: Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands Date taken: February 1945 Photographer: Carl Mydans