Looking for info about your grandmother, or aunt, or father who went overseas with a hospital unit in WWII?
Many books have been published by the military members who were there, or the families who come upon a collection of letters written in the 1940s. That is how my book, No Time For Fear, was begun.
The letters my aunt wrote, and her family saved, tell a lot about the people she lived with in tents, sloshed with through the mud in chow lines, and spent months with in France and Japan. For instance, anyone who wants to know about members of the 166th Station Hospital can learn from the letters and interviews in my book. You will read about the atmosphere, hardships, and feelings expressed in that chapter. The other chapters lead the reader all over the world, in hospital ships, evacuation planes, and POW camps.
The above is the link for the booklist in this blog.
Nurses are the focus of my book collection, but the corpsmen, doctors, and the many others who were important members of these medical units will have similar experiences. Each book has some references to the content. Often the title will tell what unit or location the group was in. I have had requests for info about someone who was with a particular hospital unit, or in France or New Guinea, and these places are noted for each title.
Many of the books are out-of-print but your local or university library can find them through the Interlibrary Loan Dept. They also can be found online from Used Book Dealers, including Amazon.com. I usually get the book from the library first to see if it is informative before buying it.
When looking for a particular unit, or ship, or name, I try to search online, usually adding “WWII”. Most of the info I have needed will come through a link that way. I am happy to try to help locate information as well.
Thank you, dear readers, for being interested in these wonderful people.