"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" is a fascinating account of a career Army nurse, decorated for her acts of heroism. Lt. Col. Nola Forrest served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (ANC) for more than 20 years, ultimately as director of Army nurses for the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II. She led nurses from two field hospitals into Leyte under enemy attack and later conducted the successful rescue of 67 Army nurses from a Japanese internment camp in Manila. Based on a series of personal interviews and a wealth of secondary sources, author and oral historian Eleanor Stoddard adeptly captures Forrest's remarkable story in this dramatic biographical account.
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...The story of Nola Forrest is based on her own words preserved in a series of oral history interviews in which she described the scenes, personalities, and actions that contributed to her remarkable life. Her memories of World War II are enriched by secondary sources that detail the history of public opinion, mobilization, systems of military medicine, stressful duty in the tropics, costly Pacific campaigns, and the famous rescue of sixty-seven Army nurses from a Japanese internment camp in Manila. The book brings together aspects of the war not seen in such a sequence anywhere else. It also shows one woman's capacity to rise to the challenge of new and daunting tasks. Nola Forrest drew on qualities of leadership that brought success to her missions and helped to enhance the status of the Army Nurse Corps in which she served.About the Author:
Eleanor Stoddard graduated from Vassar College in 1942. After the end of the war, she spent almost forty years in news and advertising in the private sector and report writing for Federal agencies. She worked for Time Magazine and U.S. News & World Report, and later for the American Chemical Society, promoting scientific journals to research chemists. Her final job was with the National Science Foundation. Upon her retirement in 1983, Eleanor started in a new direction, which led to a self-generated project to capture the experiences of women who served in or with the military in World War II. Over a period of sixteen years, she conducted oral history interviews with women in all branches of the armed services and the American Red Cross. The tapes and transcripts of her interviews are archived at California State University, Long Beach, and other repositories. She currently resides in Maryland.
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Book Description American Literary Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1561679461