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A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon

By Flora J. Solomon

In January of 1941, Margie Bauer is named to energetic responsibility within the military Nurse Corps of the U.S. military Reserves, and her mom unfortunately laments, “You’re a able woman, however the world’s a perilous place.” regardless of her mother’s matters, Margie is extremely joyful while she learns her task is to Sternberg sanatorium in Manila, Philippines—the Pearl of the Orient. She falls in love with the great thing about the island, and the carefree way of life of bridge video games, tennis dates, pool events, and dancing less than twinkle-light stars with good-looking, younger medical professionals. notwithstanding rumors of battle move, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are plentiful, and the Filipino troops are education intensely. normal MacArthur is upbeat whilst he proclaims that every little thing is splendid.

December eight, 1941, eastern bombers roar into the Philippines, turning every thing of their route to smoldering piles of rubble. Racing to stick sooner than the enemy, the U.S. military evacuates to the jungles of Bataan the place Margie has a tendency to the wounded, ailing, and loss of life infantrymen in open-air box hospitals. With the Nips at her heels, she is relocated to an underground tunnel-hospital at the fortified island of Corregidor. finally captured by means of the japanese, she is interned in Santo Tomas, a prisoner-of-war camp.

For 3 years, Margie doubts her survival within the harsh atmosphere the place she faces escalating chance, hunger, and loss. Then, an plane seems within the sky. An American plane! “We’re right here! We’re here!” she calls and waves. yet, cruelly, she unearths the liberation forces carry with them a probability extra brutal than these of her evil oppressors.

A PLEDGE OF SILENCE is a historic novel according to the reports of the nurses who valiantly served within the Philippines in the course of global warfare II and have become the 1st U.S. army ladies to be taken prisoners-of-war by way of a international enemy.

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