Mildred Manning

Angel of the Pacific

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Japanese military overran the Philippines, forcing a U.S. retreat to the Bataan Peninsula and a final stand on the island of Corregidor. For nearly six months, until the Americans surrendered in May 1942, a handful of U.S. Army and Navy nurses treated sick, wounded and dying soldiers amid relentless attacks. Sixty-six Army and 11 Navy nurses were captured and spent the rest of World War II in prison camps. Manning, who died March 8 at 98, was the last surviving member of those Angels of Bataan and Corregidor. A lieutenant...

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