Marcia L. Gates was an Army nurse and prisoner of war during WWII. As an “Angel of Bataan,” she spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. This is her story, told through her letters and the newspaper clippings, photos and letters collected by her mother. The book was awarded a biography medal by the Military Writers Society of America in 2012 and an Honorable Mention by the Hollywood Book Festival in 2013. It was also featured in the TV documentary, Our Wisconsin: Military History of America’s Dairyland on WKOW-TV in Madison.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Marcia Gates was my aunt, and although she and all her generation are gone, I felt her story needed to be told rather than hidden away in a drawer. Her courage and determination in the face of horrendous conditions in a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II are an inspiration for all.
Gradually the battle got closer. We could hear the shells day and night … and the bombs. You see, the guns on Corregidor were firing over our heads and the Japanese were also firing over us at the Rock. We had several hits on the hospital, too. Two of them a direct hit on a ward that killed quite a large number of wounded men. The first time they hit the hospital, the Japanese sent us an apology, “So sorry please. It will not happen again.” But it did happen again … a number of times.
Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic, award-winning author who writes in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres: biography, contemporary, western, action, romance, fantasy, paranormal and spiritual. She has been both traditionally and independently published and is a regular contributor to the superblog Indies Unlimited. She lives in a small community in northern Arizona with her husband and an Airedale terrier. She also writes under the pen name Amber Flame.
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