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She Went to War: The Rhonda Cornum Story Paperback – June 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
This thrilling account of the Gulf war is all the more affecting for its matter-of-fact, unpretentious tone. The story is that of Army battalion surgeon and helicopter pilot Cornum--a major, wife of an Air Force officer and mother of a 14-year-old daughter--who was captured when her helicopter was shot down deep in Iraqi territory. One of only three survivors, Cornum required medical care for fractured arms, a broken finger, a smashed knee and lacerations--and received it after three days of being roughly shuttled from bunkers to primitive prisons. That she survived the painful, humilating ordeal all the way to Baghdad and repatriation via the International Red Cross was due not only to her grit but to an irrespressible vitality. Aside from her own heroic tale, Cornum--ably assisted by Copeland, Pentagon and Gulf War correspondent for the Scripps Howard News Service--emphasizes the importance of comradeship with other members of the mammoth war machine who shared both the long months of waiting and the dangers of combat and captivity. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA-- The biography of an ex-POW of the Persian Gulf conflict. When Cornum's work as a graduate student at Cornell brought her to the attention of the Army, she accepted a commission as an officer in order to continue research at the Letterman Army Institute. When it became obvious that physicians did the most interesting work, she decided to go to medical school, but not before qualifying as a parachutist. No surprise then that this remarkable woman would volunteer for a search and rescue mission over the Persian Gulf. When her helicopter was shot down, she suffered multiple injuries, including two broken arms that went untreated for several days during her imprisonment. Her courage and leadership inspired her fellow prisoners and underscores the current debate about women's role in combat. Readers will be riveted by this firsthand account of a female soldier and will be compelled to reconsider the roles of the sexes.
- Jackie Gropman, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Major Cornum's eight days at the hands of her captors are a testament to the power of the human spirit. I love the chapter where alone in her cell, her body broken and bruised, she kept her spirits up by singing, from the rock songs of the '60s to her favorite, "The Wind Beneath My Wings". At 5'5, and slender as a reed, Rhonda is a tower of strength. I first became familiar with her from a TV documentary on P.O.W.s, and what impressed me the most was her balance of sensitivity and personal empowerment, and honesty with herself as well as others, which can be the ultimate bravery; after seeing this film, I had to read her book.
One of the elements of survival is humor, and Rhonda relates some funny episodes, and the book also has a lot to say about the rapidly changing role of women in the military. It is "as told to" Peter Copeland, and he has done a great job; it is well written, and very hard to put down. There are many black and white photographs, which though they look like "copies" and are a little fuzzy, help one understand the story, and add a lot to the book. The print quality is good, with a very readable font size.
Rhonda is now Colonel Cornum, and presently commands the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. She is an example to us all, and I think this book should be read by every young person, as it will inspire them to aim high and succeed in every area of life. To quote from the book: "The only constant in my life has been the burning desire to do the best, to seek new challenges and to conquer them" (pg. 89).
My only regret was not getting her to sign the book.