WORLD WAR II NURSE BOOKS
Books by & about WWII military nurses, mostly overseas
Most of these books are out-of-print but available through the Inter-Library Loan Dept. of local & university libraries, and for purchase from online used-book dealers.
Alphabetical by author
Compiled by Diane Burke Fessler
ANC=Army Nurse Corps
ARC=American Red Cross
ASG=Auxiliary Surgical Group
CBI=China Burma India
MAES=Military Air Evacuation Squadron
NNC=Navy Nurse Corps
POW=Prisoner of war
VRE=Air Transport Evacuation Squadron
Abbott, Lawrence O. Out of Albania – From the Memoirs of Lawrence O. Abbott. 2010. “A True Account of a WWII Underground Rescue Mission”.
807th MAES, also see Mangerich, Gay, Lineberry, Fessler, Braun, Thruelson.
Aggeles, Theodora B. Answering The Call: Nurses of Post 122. 2007.
Flight nurses, Army & Navy nurses, African-American nurses, Philippines, Occupied Japan, Australia, Azores, Algeria, France, Germany, New Guinea, Iran, Alaska, hospital ships.
Ahrendsen, Frances Wallace. From Survival to Arrival. 1993.
Memoir of Army nurse with a Purple Heart, 127th Gen.Hosp., England, France.
Aquilina, LaVada Bishop. Unsung Heroes, Combat Nurses & Army Wives. 1995.
18th SH, 105th GH, 118th GH, 35th GH, New Guinea, Biak, Philippines.
Archard, Theresa. G.I. Nightingale: The Story of an American Army Nurse. 1945.
North Africa, Mediterranean. 48th Surg. Hosp/128th EH (merged, see Haskell)
Arthur, Mary E. Hill. Rebel Nurse. 1959.
135th Gen.Hosp. England.
Astor, Gerald. Crisis in the Pacific: The Battles for the Philippine Islands by the Men Who Fought Them. 1996.
Army and Navy nurses referenced throughout.
Aye, Lillian. Iran Caboose. 1952.
Red Cross workers on Trans-Iranian Railroad. Iran, Egypt, Mentions 19th SH, 30th SH, 113th SH, 38th SH, 21st SH.
Aynes, Edith A. From Nightingale to Eagle, An Army Nurse’s History. 1973.
Hawaii, 148th GH, ANC history pre & post WWII.
Bach, Pearl Will Haugland Taylor. Pearl’s World, Lifetime Memories of a World War II Army Nurse. 1999.
Alaska, Canada, Philippines, 133rd GH.
Baltzo, D. Celebrating Women In WWII, or When Was The Honeymoon. 1993.
Barger, Judith. Beyond The Call Of Duty, Army Flight Nursing In World War II. 2013.
Thorough history, many personal stories, worldwide.
Berendsen, Dorothy M. The Way It Was: An Air Force Nurse’s Story. 1988.
817th MAES Army flight nurse Europe.
Blasingame, Wyatt. Combat Nurses of World War II. 1967.
USS Solace, USS Samaritan, USS Bountiful, USS Comfort, Philippines, 2nd GH, 48th Surgical, 95th EH, 38th EH, 33rd FH, 153rd SH, 140th GH, VRE-1, 807th MAES, Also see Archard, Peto, Haskell.
Bonine, Gladys. Reflections of One Army Nurse in World War II. 1996.
England, 67th GH. Very good descriptions of patients’ wounds and care.
Bowersock, Melissa. Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan. 2011.
Braun, Eric. Trapped Behind Nazi Lines, the Story of the U.S. Army Air Force 807th Medical Evacuation Squadron. 2016.
Young readers, Albania, Also see Mangerich, et al.
Brokaw, Tom. The Greatest Generation. 1998.
56th EH, 3rd Aux. Surg. Grp. Also see Graves, Collins.
Buchanan, Margaret S. Reminiscing: An Account of the 300th Army General Hospital in WWII. 1988.
North Africa, Italy, 66th SH, 15th EH.
Burrell, Prudence Burns. Hathaway. 1997.
Memoir, African-American nurse in Pacific 268th SH. Also see Fessler.
Busby, Anna Urda. Wherever You Need Me, Pearl Harbor and Beyond. 2002.
Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941.
Wherever You Need Me, The Anna Urda Busby Story. 2012. (Updated)
Camp, LaVonne Telshaw. Lingering Fever, A World War II Nurse’s Memoir. 1997.
CBI, 14th EH, 20th GH, 142nd GH.
Collins, Lawrence D. The 56th Evac Hospital, Letters of a WWII Army Doctor. 1995.
North Africa, Italy. See Schorer.
Cook, Isabelle. In Times of War, Memoirs of a World War II Nurse. 1999.
North Africa, Europe, 3rd GH.
Cooper, Page. Navy Nurse. 1988.
True stories of NNC Worldwide.
Cosner, Shaaron. War Nurses. 1988.
ANC & NNC, all wars, Youth history Worldwide.
Culpepper, Marilyn M. Never Will We Forget, Oral Histories of World War II. 2008.
Includes army & navy nurses, worldwide.
Daly, H.C. “Pat”. The U.S.S. Solace Was There. CA, 1991.
Navy hospital ship at Pearl Harbor attack & Worldwide. Also see Cooper, Fessler, Godson, et al.
Danner, Dorothy Still. What A Way To Spend A War, Navy Nurse POWs in the Philippines. 1995.
DeWitt, Gill. The First Navy Flight Nurse on a Pacific Battlefield. 1983.
Difford, Floramund Fellmeth. An Angel’s Illustrated Journal. It has taken sixty years to explain why she was On the Mactan and not a prisoner. 2005.
Philippines, Australia, SS Mactan. Also see Korson.
Dobie, Kathryn S. Her War, American Women in WWII. 2003.
Excerpts of memoirs of military & civilians, 300th GH, 95th EH, 48th SH, 67th EH, 10th FH, worldwide.
Donahue, M. Patricia. Nursing, The Finest Art. 1985.
Illustrated history, includes military.
Dunlap, Lillian. 33 Years of Army Nursing, An Interview with Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap by Cynthia Gurney. 2001.
59th SH, 363rd SH New Guinea, Los Negros, Philippines.
Farrell, Mary Cronk. Pure Grit, How American WWII Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific. 2014.
Feldt, Elizabeth Czizek. So Help Me God, Adventures of a WWII Army Nurse. 2011.
France, Germany, 200th GH.
Fessler, Diane Burke. No Time For Fear, Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II. 1996.
120 oral histories of Army & Navy nurses, Flight nurses, African American nurses. Pearl Harbor, Pacific islands, Philippines POWs, CBI, North Africa, Europe, Russia, Brazil.
Fishpaw, Eli & Bernice. The Shavetail and The Army Nurse, The Bride Wore Olive Drab. 1998.
Authors married before going overseas, separately, and memoir continues after the war as an Army family. England,106th GH, France, Germany, 100th Division.
Flanagan, E. M. Angels At Dawn, The Los Banos Raid. 1999.
Philippines, Navy nurses.
Flikke, Julia O. Nurses in Action, The Story of the Army Nurse Corps. 1943.
Friedenberg, Zachary B. Hospital at War: The 95th Evacuation Hospital. 2004.
North Africa, Italy, France. Bombing of Newfoundland, Anzio.
Friedl, Vicki L. Women in the United States Military, 1901-1995, A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography. 1996.
Garrett, Caroline Morrison. Short Skirts and Snappy Salutes, A Woman’s Memoir of the WWII Years. 2007.
Army Dietitian in U.S. Army hospitals.
Gay, Timothy M. Assignment to Hell, The War Against Nazi Germany with correspondents Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A.J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle. 2012.
Includes report of flight nurses behind enemy lines in Albania.
Savage Will, The Daring Escape Of Americans Trapped Behind Nazi Lines. 2013.
807th MAES in Albania, Also see Abbot, Mangerich, Barger, Fessler, Lineberry, Thruelson, Braun.
Glines, Edna Lee. Heads In The Sand, 1990.
Navy nurse USS Benevolence, Pacific.
Godson, Susan H. Serving Proudly, A History of Women In The U.S. Navy. 2001.
Also see Herman, Sterner.
Graves, Clifford L. Front Line Surgeons, A History of the Third Auxiliary Surgical Group. 1950.
North Africa, France, Germany, Rosters & hometowns, Also see MacGregor.
Gruhzit-Hoyt, Olga. They Also Served: American Women In World War II. 1995.
Nurses in Hawaii, Philippines, Tinian, Middle East, CBI, Europe, diary of flight nurse as a POW in Germany.
Gruning, Barbara Gage. Flight Nurse: From Pearl to Tokyo. 2014.
Army flight nurse Pacific, Japan.
Hager, Alice Rogers, Wings For the Dragon: The Air War in Asia. 1945.
Journalist writes about CBI, 73rd EH, 20th GH, 803rd MAES, includes flight nurse’s parachute jump in China. Also see Mosely.
Harper, Dale P. Too Close For Comfort. 2001.
USS COMFORT hospital ship hit by kamikaze plane in Pacific (Okinawa).
Haskell, Ruth G. Helmets and Lipstick. 1944.
North Africa, 48th Surg. Hosp. Also see Archard.
Henderson, Bruce. Rescue at Los Banos, The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II. 2015.
Includes Navy nurses, camp roster, Philippines.
Herman, Jan K. Battle Station Sick Bay: Navy Medicine in World War II. 1997.
Oral histories worldwide. See Godson, Oman, Sterner.
Holland, Robert B. The Rescue Of Santo Tomas. 2003.
Philippines, Army nurses, POWs.
Holm, Jeanne. Women In The Military, An Unfinished Revolution. 1992.
In Defense of a Nation, Servicewomen in World War II. 1998.
Army and Navy nurses worldwide.
Hoppes, Jonna Doolittle. Just Doing My Job. 2009.
Stories of WWII including Army nurse in England.
Jackson, Kathi. They Called Them Angels, American Military Nurses of WW II, 2006.
Army and Navy, flight, hospital ships, worldwide
Johnson, Martha. Ann Bartlett at Bataan, The Adventures of a Navy Nurse. 1945.
Jones, Brenda. Nurses Under Fire, World War II Novel. 2005.
Jopling, Lucy Wilson. Warrior in White. 1990.
Philippines escape, Flight Nurse, 801st MAES, Pacific, Also see Russell, Redmond.
Jouvenot, Dorothy Lonergan. Our Far Away Places. 2000.
802nd MAES, Flight nurse, North Africa, Italy, France.
Kielar, Eugenia M. Thank You Uncle Sam, Letters of a World War II Army Nurse from North Africa and Italy. 1987.
67th General Hospital. Also see Smith.
Korson,George. At His Side, The Story of the American Red Cross Overseas in WWII. 1945.
Mentions 153rd SH, 171stEH, 10th EH, 14th EH, 73rd EH, 20th GH, 16th EH, 38th EH, 95th EH, 12th GH, 26th GH, Mactan. Worldwide
Kuhn, Betsy. Angels of Mercy, The Army Nurses of World War II. 1999. Youth.
LaForte, Robert S. Remembering Pearl Harbor, Eyewitness Accounts by U.S. Military Men and Women. 1992.
Lampier, Audrey. This Is It, a Story of the 119th Station Hospital.
Army nurse, New Guinea.
Lewis, Brenda. Women at War. 2002.
Army & Navy nurses worldwide included, all wars.
Lewis, Vickie. Side-By-Side,A Photographic History of American Women in War. 1999.
Army & Navy nurses included, all wars.
Lineberry, Cate. The Secret Rescue, An Untold Story Of American Nurses And Medics Behind Nazi Lines. 2013.
807th MAES Albania, See also Abbott, Mangerich, Gay, Braun, Fessler, Thruelson.
Litoff, Judy Barrett, ed. American Women in a World at War, Contemporary Accounts from World War II. 1997.
Includes Navy & Army nurses.
We’re in This War, Too, World War II Letters From American Women in Uniform. 1994.
Worldwide, Navy, Army, African-American nurses.
Macdougall, Walter M. Angel of Bataan, The Life Of A World War II Army Nurse In The War Zone And At Home. 2015.
Philippines POW Alice Zwicker, 119th SH.
MacGregor, Mildred A. World War II Front Line Nurse. 2008.
North Africa, England, France, Germany. 3rd Aux. Surg. Grp, 3rd GH, 298th GH Also see Graves.
Mangerich, Agnes Jensen. Albanian Escape, The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines. 1999.
807th MAES Flight nurses, autobiography, Also see Abbott, Braun, Gay, Lineberry, Fessler, Thruelson.
Massman, Emory A. Hospital Ships of World War II, An Illustrated Reference. 1999.
Much information in a great book.
Matthews, Meredith Miller. Mother Wore Combat Boots, And Chased Troop Trains. 1998.
Stateside, Philippines 117th SH, Tokyo 128th SH, Yokohama 334th SH, 43rd FH.
McLaughlin, Pamela. Celia, Army Nurse and Mother Remembered. 2002.
Biography of army nurse by daughter. North Africa, Italy, 53rd SH.
McCrary, Martha E. The Colonel Was A Lady. 1995.
Army nurse in France, 4th Auxiliary Surgical Group, including roster.
McDermott, George L. Women Recall the War Years, Memories of World War II. 1998.
Nurses in Pearl Harbor, Australia, New Guinea, CBI, & civilians.
Melton, Brad, Ed. Arizona Goes To War, The Home Front and the Front Lines During World War II. 2003.
Chapter 5 “Women” by Diane Burke Fessler includes nurses.
Monahan, Evelyn M. A Few Good Women, America’s Military Women From World War I To The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan. 2010.
Army & Navy nurses, Worldwide.
All This Hell, U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese. 2000.
Army & Navy nurses in Philippines.
And If I Perish, Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II. 2003.
North Africa and Europe Theaters.
Moseley, Esther Baer. Lady, Don’t Stop Here, The True Story of a Young Woman’s Adventures As An Air Evacuation Nurse in the Army Air Corps of WWII. 1988.
CBI, 803rd MAES, includes story of flight nurse parachuting in China. Also see Hager.
Mura, Tiffany. The Diary of Jean Hays, A WWII Nurse in Fiji. 2005.
18th GH, Fiji and Assam, India.
Newcomb, Ellsworth. Brave Nurse, True Stories of Heroism.1945
USS Solace, Iceland, Philippines, S. Pacific, North Africa, Europe. Youth. Army, Navy, Flight nurses.
Norman, Elizabeth M. We Band of Angels, The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese. 1999.
Army and Navy nurses, Santo Tomas, Los Banos.
O’Farrell, Elizabeth Kinzer. WWII, A Navy Nurse Remembers. 2007.
Oman, Charles M., Doctors Aweigh, The Story of the United States Navy Medical Corps In Action. 1943.
Pearl Harbor, Pacific, hospital ships.
Page, Evelyn Hill, ed. The Story of Air Evacuation 1942-1989. 1989.
Yearbook of Army flight nurses, training and overseas.
Peto, Marjorie. Women Were Not Expected, An Informal Story of the Nurses of 2nd General Hospital in the ETO. 1947.
Polette, Nancy. Angel in Fatigues, The Story of Colonel Ruby Bradley. 2013.
Philippines, Baguio, POWs.
Angels On Board, Heroic flight nurses of World War II. 2015.
Army & Navy flight nurses, worldwide.
Poulos, Paula Nassen, ed. A Woman’s War Too, U.S. Women in the Military in World War II. 1996.
Includes Army & Navy nurses, and how to research the National Archives.
Pullman, Sally Hitchcock. Letters Home, Memoirs of one Army Nurse in the Southwest Pacific in WWII. 2004.
54th GH, 51st GH, 126th GH, 133rd GH, 73rd FH, 116th SH, 44th GH, New Guinea, Philippines.
Ratledge, Abbie C. Angels in Khaki. 1975.
Army nurse, New Guinea, Philippines.
Redmond, Juanita. I Served on Bataan. 1943.
Philippines, escaped before nurses were captured. Also see Jopling, Russell.
Regis, Margaret. When Our Mothers Went to War, An Illstrated History of Women in WWII. 2008.
Army, Navy nurses & civilians, worldwide.
Robinson, Thelma M. Cadet Nurse Stories, The Call For and Response Of Women During WW II. 2001.
Nisei Cadet Nurse of World War II, Patriotism in Spite of Prejudice 2005.
Japanese-American nurses join Cadet Nurse program.
Rolly, Inez Cross Brown. My Uncle Sent Me.
England, France 217th GH, 201st GH.
Rushton, Patricia. Latter-Day Saint Nurses At War. 2005.
New Hebrides, New Guinea, Philippines, Germany, England, France, Italy, North Africa, Okinawa, New Caledonia, USS Consolation, 81st FH.
Russell, Maxine. Jungle Angel: Bataan Remembered. 1988.
Story of Hortense McKay, ANC. Philippines, Australia, New Guinea. Also see Jopling,Redmond.
Sarnecky, Mary T. A History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. 1999.
Through Vietnam War.
A Contemporary History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. 2010.
Volume 2, through 2000.
Schorer, Avis D. A Half Acre Of Hell, A Combat Nurse in WWII. 2000.
North Africa, Italy 56th EH. Also see Collins.
Schwartz, Doris R. My Fifty Years in Nursing. 1995.
Stateside, & SS Marigold in Yokohama bringing POWs out of Japan at war’s end. Also see Massman.
Sewell, Patricia W. Healers in World War II, Oral Histories of Medical Corps Personnel. 2001.
174th GH, 9th EH, 123rd GH, 65th GH, worldwide.
Sforza, Eula Awbrey. A Nurse Remembers.1991.
Europe 12th Field Hospital.
Smith, Sidney A. MD. A History of Musgrove Military Hospital During WWII and The 67th General Hospital. 2008.
Sterner, Doris M. In And Out Of Harm’s Way, A History Of The Navy Nurse Corps. 1996.
Comprehensive. 2 chapters for WWII. See Fessler, Herman & Godson.
Stevens, Michael E. Women Remember the War 1941-1945, Voices of the Wisconsin Past. 1993.
Australia, India, 44th GH,
Stewart, Charles F. MD. The Ninth Evac, Experiences in a World War II Tent Hospital in North Africa and Europe.1990.
North Africa, Italy, France, Germany. See Tayloe.
Stoddard, Eleanor. Fearless Presence, The Story of Lt. Col. Nola Forrest, Who Led The Army Nurses Through Heat, Rain, Mud and Enemy Fire in World War II.2007.
SW Pacific, New Guinea, Philippines.
Szecsy, Elsie M. Cadet Nurse Corps in Arizona, A History of Service. 2016.
Tayloe, Roberta Love. Combat Nurse, A Journal Of World War II. 1988.
North Africa, Italy, 9th EH, 8th EH. See Stewart.
Thompson, Dorothy Davis. The Road Back, A Pacific POW’s Liberation Story.1996.
Pre-war & Post-war Philippines, 49TH GH. See Weigand.
Thruelsen, Richard. Mediterranean Sweep, Air Stories from El Alamein to Rome. 1944.
Page 231, Flight nurses crash land in Albania. (see Abbott, Gay, Lineberry, Mangerich).
Tomblin, Barbara Brooks. G.I. Nightingales, The Army Nurse Corps in World War II. 1996.
Worldwide, including many hospitals, nurses, locations.
Treadwell, Mattie E. United States Army in World War II, Special Studies, The Women’s Army Corps. 1991.
Nurses referenced throughout.
Tubbs, Lucille Rosedale. Nursing at a Shuttle Bombing Base, Russia 1944.
Poltava., also see Fessler
Wandrey, June. Bedpan Commando, The Story of a Combat Nurse During World War II. 1989.
North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany 10th FH, also see Fessler.
Weigand, Cindy. Texas Women in World War II. Lanham MD, Republic of Texas Press 2003.
193rd GH, 117th GH, 79th FH, 91st GH, Europe; 20th GH, CBI; Philippines, POW;
Weisbach, Nell Pruitt. A Shot of Espresso in A Decaf World. 2012.
51st GH New Guinea
Welch, Bob. American Nightingale, The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy. 2004.
45th FH, Europe, Army nurse inspires troops with a letter.
Williams, Denny. To The Angels. 1985.
Philippine POWs, Navy & Army nurses, roster.
Williams, Winnie S. I Have A Story To Tell.
U.S., Philippines, post war ANC career.
Yellin, Emily. Our Mothers’ War, American Women At Home And At The Front During WW II. 2004.
Nurses throughout, worldwide.
Reporting World War II, Part One: American Journalism 1938-1944 and Part Two 1944-1946. 1995. Anthology of reporting the war, including nurses, by journalists.
Recommended books not in Fessler collection:
Bellafaire, Judith Women in the United States Military, An Annotated Bibliography. 2011.
Flynn, Jesse. Heroes in the Attic, A History of the 48th Surgical Hospital/128th Evacuation Hospital 1941-1945.
Kentucky, Butler 2003. North Africa, Mediterranean, France. (See Archard, Haskell)
Bellafaire, Judith. WOMEN DOCTORS IN WAR. 2009.
Bridges, Jean Johnson. Stand In For A Soldier, A WAC Remembers Service During World War II. 1997.
Campbell, D’Ann. Women At War With America: Private Lives in a Patriotic Era 1984.
Carpenter, Iris. No Woman’s World. 1946.
Female war correspondent in Europe, 91st EH, 12th FH, 5th GH.
Carroll Andrew. Letters of a Nation. 1999.
Cowdrey, Albert E. Fighting For Life: American Military Medicine in WW II. 1994.
Dessez, Eunice C. The First Enlisted Women 1917-1918. 1955.
World War 1.
Donahue, M. Patricia. Nursing, The Finest Art, An Illustrated History. 1985.
Fenton, Peter. Olive Weston, The heroic life of a World War II Nurse. 2004. Australian.
Hampton, Ellen. Women of Valor, The Rochambelles on the WWII Front. 2006.
Women ambulance drivers in France, Germany.
Huebner, Klaus H. Long Walk Through War. 1987.
North Africa & Italy, diary of Combat Surgeon & 88th Infantry Div.
Korson, George. At His Side, The Story of The American Red Cross Overseas in WWII. 1945.
Mentions 153rd SH, 171st EH, 10th EH (New Guinea), 14th EH, 73rd EH, 20th GH (Burma), 16thEH, 38th EH, 95th EH (Italy), 12th GH, 26th GH (N. Africa) hospitals.
Link, Mae Mills. Medical Support Army Air Forces in WWII. 1955. Surgeon General.
McDermott, William V. A SURGEON IN COMBAT.1997.
Europe, Battalion surgeon, 550th AAA-AW & 30th FH.
Maisel, Albert Q. Miracles of Military Medicine. 1944.
Nash, Grace C. That We Might Live, A Story Of Human Triumph During WWII. 1984.
American family POWs in Los Banos, Philippines.
McBryde, Brenda. Quiet Heroines, Nurses of the Second World War. 1985.
British nurse author tells of nurses of the United Kingdom.
Norman, Michael and Elizabeth Tears in the Darkness, The Story of the Bataan Death March and its Aftermath. 2009.
Saywell, Shelley. Women In War, From World War II to El Salvador.1986.
Seagrave, Gordon S. Burma Surgeon. 1943.
Doctor in CBI.
Burma Surgeon Returns. 1946.
Soderbergh, Peter A. Women Marines, The World War II Era. 1992.
Sorel, Nancy Caldwell. The Women Who Wrote The War. 1999.
Women war correspondents.
Terkel, Studs. The Good War, An Oral History Of World War Two.1984.
Upfill, Muriel Sue DeGaa. An American in Burma, 1930 to 1942.1999.
Weatherford, Doris. American Women and World War II. 1990.
Winchell, Meghan K. Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun, The Story of USO Hostesses During WWII.2008.
Winston, Keith. V-Mail, Letters of a World War II Combat Medic.1985.
France, Germany, 100th Inf. Div.
Since You Asked, Arizona Veterans Share Their Memories. Cave Creek, AZ, Cactus Shadows HS,2005, 2017.