For a long time, the names of the Filipina nurses who served alongside their American counterparts in Bataan have unfortunately been obscure. They have not received due recognition for their brave and patriotic work during the war. But thanks to the wonders of the internet and information sharing between people in a given community of interest, some of these names are now becoming known.
Last April 18, in the Battle of Bataan group on Facebook, Mr. James Erickson shared some of the names with this remark: “I’ve attached an image with the names of 14 Filipina nurses who served at Hosp #2. It’s an expanded image from Roger Mansell’s files NARA RG407 labeled Phil Archives. I don’t have the box #.” Here is the image bearing the names of these nurses.
And now this list of names begets a question – what happened to these nurses after Bataan? What became of them? What are their stories? Hopefully with the list of names now circulating and becoming known, someone can find out about this and recognize them in an appropriate manner.
Furthermore, what are the names of the other Filipina nurses, as there may have been at least 25 who served on Bataan, perhaps in Hospital #1? See the earlier posting, “All the Angels of Bataan,” for more information, at: