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Angels of the Underground: The American Women who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II 1st Edition
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"Two American women, known as Miss U and High Pockets, risked their lives in clandestine efforts to help the Allies, a story related in Angels of the Underground: The American Women Who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II (Oxford Univ., Dec.) by Theresa Kaminski, who also provides an account of life under three years of Japanese occupation." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Theresa Kaminski is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is the author of Citizen of Empire: Ethel Thomas Herold, An American in the Philippines and Prisoners in Paradise: American Women in the Wartime South Pacific.
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The book ostensibly is about four American women who worked underground or with guerilla outfits against the Japanese occupying Manila and Bataan Peninsula (three of the women were awarded the Medal of Honor back in the United States after the war). All four women were heroes in their own way (Peggy Utinsky is my favorite – The paraphrased Donovan line “Superman and Green Lantern ain’t got nothing on her” applies to this five foot tall red-headed Irish woman), but to me the book was chock full of heroes.
Americans, Filipinos, and people of other nationalities risked their lives - without pay, without training, without financial or military support – to do their part to keep POWs and other interned civilians from dying of disease and starvation. (There was a lot of disease and very little food and medicine in the Philippines). And the contributions made by the religious, priests and nuns, and doctors and nurses and anyone with medical expertise are amazing. Virtually every hero (and not just the four American women) in this book could have sat back passively and waited it out. But they didn’t. And a lot of those heroes were killed or tortured for their efforts. All would have been forgotten without books like Angels of the Underground.
Recommended for all WW2 aficionados, but especially for those interested in women's involvement during the war.