A Soldier's Story: 2nd Lieutenant Eunice F. Young - WWII - POW - Veteran

Born on May 21, 1913, in Arkport, New York, Lieutenant Eunice F. Young, after her graduation from Arkport Centeral School, moved to Arizona to attend nursing school and then, in 1939, joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the military hospital in Manilla, Phillipines.


After caring for patients, under fire, in the Malinta Tunnel, she, along with 78 other nurses (both Army and Navy) was captured by enemy soldiers and sent to the Santo Tomas Internment Camp.   She was a prisioner of war for almost three years.

During that time, the nurses, while caring for patients in the prision hospital, maintained consitent acts of defiance.  Lieutenant Young maintained a hidden diary, and the nurses, in order to aggravate the guards, would space themselves far enough apart that the guards would have to bow upwards of 30 times when performing inspections. 

The conditions at Santo Thomas were harsh, and the nurses were starving, Lieutenant Young, upon liberation, weighed 110 lbs (she was 5' 6").

She, along with the other nurses have been immortalized by the title "The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor", although, Lieutenant Young insists she did nothing heroic.

After her liberation on February 3, 1945, the Saturday Evening Post reported her story in the article Three Years Outside This World on May 5, 1945. She remained in the Army, working as a nurse until her retirement in 1961.

Lieutenant Young died on January 10, 1995, and rests in the Arkport Heritage Hill Cemetery.


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