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Marcia L. Gates was an Army nurse and prisoner of war during WWII. As an "Angel of Bataan," she spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. This is her award-winning story, told through her letters and the newspaper clippings, photos and letters collected by her mother. Watch the book trailer here: http: //

Title : Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan
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ISBN : 9781460973196
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 178 Pages
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Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan Reviews

  • Pam Funke
    2019-04-04 18:43

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan is a wonderful story about a young woman's courage and determination during World War II. Despite being a POW for 3 years she perseveres through it all and even wants to return after recuperating so that she can help more people. Very few people would even want to do something like that after the trauma of being a POW. Marcia was a very courageous woman.The story is mainly told through letters sent home by Marcia and letters that were written by others. The author does add some more information into the story, as well as archived photos, but the main focus of the story is on the letters. The letters are very descriptive to a point as many letters during war time are censored to protect the soldiers. You will get drawn into the story and can almost feel what the people were going through. It was a very interesting story and I believe that others will enjoy it as well.

  • Lynn Kelley
    2019-03-26 12:34

    This nonfiction book documents the trials and heroics of Marcia Gates, an American nurse who was a POW during WWII. I'm amazed by these brave women who served our country so selflessly.

  • Brenda Perlin
    2019-04-16 14:23

    Marcia Gates: Angel Of Bataan, The True Story Of A Courageous Army Nurse And Prisoner Of War by Melissa Bowersock is a heart thumping, emotional read that was powerfully moving. The author tells a true account that makes you feel as if you were there and it was your own family member. Shocking, close to home, and compelling. This was an emotionally charged story. I could feel the anguish and respected the heroism. Writing this kind of narrative had to be gut wrenching at times since this is so personal.Miss Bowersock writes a powerful non-fiction story that took my breath away.She tells a tale of a woman, who's spunk and strength is empowering.In the U.S. army as a young nurse, this was the kind of excitement she was looking for, though not everything goes as planned. When she received her orders to the Philippines even though she had hopes to go to Paris, she got over the disappointment without hesitation. She was more interested in opportunity and real-life adventure and this was hers. Then on December 7, everything would change.The fact that there was so much material on this story was pretty amazing. Nothing better than a true life story. This one gives blow by blow and intimate details that I enjoyed immensely. The personal letters and the old photographs help to make this shocking story more gripping.Marcia Porter Gates sacrificed so much for her country but in many ways it was what made her tick. In the middle of the action is where she most thrived. Thank goodness for people like her who are committed to make a difference, a those acts will never be forgotten.Quote ~"The name of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder had not been coined yet in the 1940's, although the syndrome was certainly evident. Mild cases were called exhaustion and severe cases where known as "shell shock." For most of those returning from war, it was thought that they just needed time to get over the events they'd endured and witnessed..."

  • Arlene Eisenbise
    2019-04-02 18:37

    The author has paid a well-earned tribute to her aunt who served above-and-beyond as an Army nurse during World War II. V-Mail letters to and from those in service was not instantaneous like today’s e-mail. Six weeks might pass before there was a response to mail. During the long wait there was uncertainty like that experienced by Marcia’s mother. Her constant pursuit of information regarding her daughter’s wellbeing did not surprise me. What did surprise me were the lengthy, personal responses Mrs. Gates received from those attempting to find the answers to the questions they were being asked. When I read of the conditions that Marcia and the other nurses endured, my first thought was that I couldn’t have survived. Eating rats or birds to prevent starvation, no way! But the fact that Marcia did survive proves how determined the human spirit is when forced to meet life’s greatest tests. I was amazed that Marcia wanted to return to active duty as soon as she was able. Her spirit came alive on the pages of this factual account of her Japanese captivity. Reports to Marcia’s loved ones were always that she worked hard in captivity, that she was cheerful and optimistic. To me, it seemed that Marcia was born to serve others and that was where she found fulfillment even during the worst of conditions. No doubt, Marcia appeared as an angel to those she cared for. In my eyes, she was also a heroine.

  • Joyce Gilmour
    2019-04-17 14:27

    Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan, written by Melissa Bowersock, is a well-researched book into the life of Marcia Louise Gates, who lived from 1915 to 1970. Being a Wisconsinite, I particularly enjoyed Ms. Gate’s Wisconsin connection. I appreciated the book because it brought a piece of history to me that I was unfamiliar with previously. I did not know about the responsibilities of the army nurses that served our country during WWII, especially regarding the time that many of them were prisoners of war. Marcia spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. I liked the format of the book, because it used Marcia’s letters home, newspaper clippings, and letters that her mother wrote to Marcia and to organizations trying to find information regarding her daughter. As someone who has not been a history buff, this book was a pleasant way to learn about some WWII history through the life of one very courageous army nurse.

  • Candace
    2019-03-25 16:20

    I loved this! I'd never heard of the Angels of Bataan. They were nearly 70 Army nurses stationed in Manilla during the war. When the Philippines fell the nurses were held as POWs of the Japanese. What makes this especially interesting to me are the letters to and from Marcia Gates and her friends and family members, as well as official correspondence from the War Department, the Red Cross, and other organizations. The story felt "alive," immediate, and compelling. You could feel what her family and friends were going through during those three long years of her internment. Yet through it all, Marcia Gates never gave up hope. She and the other nurses felt they had just done their jobs and never understood why they were called heroes. But you will. This is a marvelous read.

  • Linda O'Neal
    2019-03-23 13:23

    Enjoyed learning about the nurses in the Philippines s nd the history of the war as my father was on an aircraft carrier in the Philippines during that hard time.So proud of all t he men and women who served our country during WWI as nd also those who are serving today, God Bless the USA!

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-09 18:37

    I found Melissa Bowersock's book compelling. I had just finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and had begun going through letters my uncle wrote as a Korean POW when I learned of this book. Marcia and the others were true angels.

  • Melissa Bowersock
    2019-04-07 11:26

    Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan was recently nominated for a book award by the Military Writers Society of American: received this very nice review:MWSA ReviewThis is the true story of a nurse, Marcia Gates, during World War II and her experiences during the battle of Bataan and three years as a prisoner of war. But it is more than that because this story also relates how the families at home were feeling- frustrated and concerned about their lack of information about Marcia and her safety.This book is easy to read and many will find it difficult to put down as one wants to know- does Marcia make it home? The format is also augmented by actual letters written by Marcia, other nurses and from family members to Marcia. It may be difficult for some who are so used to the modern e-mail system to even imagine the problems of letters not arriving home for months and how that effected the family who used every resource they could to get any information they could of their daughter. The author uses these letters to carefully weave a true account of what was happening on both sides of the world.I found the story excited, surprised by some of the descriptions of conditions and wondered why I hadn’t heard this story before. The author has brought out one of the untold stories of World War II- about a nurse. I believe this book will have wide appeal to many audiences including: medical personnel, historians, veterans and anyone interested in good story with a happening ending.Got this review from Richard Haney, author of "When is Daddy Coming Home?" You have kept me up for two nights, well past my bed time!! --- To complete reading your Angel of Bataan. Tremendous. 174 pages of dynamite, with several throat lump passages for me. Your Angel of Bataan is a magnificent book, Melissa, and my congratulations and thanks for writing it and making me aware of it. If I were still teaching in the history dept at the Univ of Wisconsin - Whitewater [I retired two-plus years ago], I would make your book required reading for my courses in America 1919-45 and American Military History.

  • Lana Walker
    2019-04-17 16:30

    A side I had not seen beforeThis book added to my education on WWII. I did not know that military nurses had been stationed in the Philippines, let alone were captured and held. This was an interesting glimpse into the life of one of those nurses. It is too bad there wasn't more autobiographical information available.

  • Kati
    2019-04-07 12:23

    ***I received a free e-copy of this book in exchanged for my unbiased review of the book.This book was not what I expected. I thought it was going to be more about Marcia's story as a Japanese prisoner-of-war at Santo Tomas during World War II. Instead, there was a lot about how her mother tried to find out where she was after all mail had been stopped. I thought the book was a little dry.

  • Sandy
    2019-04-16 18:36

    Abbreviated version of we band of angelsThis book was various letters from government agencies and news Corp for a more in-depth and detailed account of the nurses in the Philippines buy We BAnd Of's my opinion you will be more satisfied with that book