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ANCA Bibliography

This is a compilation of bibliographic information about books pertaining to the Army Nurse Corps, primarily those recommended, reviewed, or written by members of the Army Nurse Corps Association as reported in its newsletter, The Connection. Most entries include a brief annotation. The list was last updated in June 2016.

Category Code   Category Code
Army Nursing – General AN   World War II WWII
Autobiography A   Korean War K
Biography B   Vietnam War V
Clinical Cl   Gulf War G
Fiction F   Operation Iraqi Freedom I
Memoir M   Operation Enduring Freedom E
World War I WWI   Miscellaneous Z

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Adams-Ender, Clara L. My Rise to the Stars. CAPE Associates, Inc., 2001.

Autobiography of the 18th Chief of the Army Nurse Corps.


Arthur, Terry. Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse. Beagle Books Publishing LLC, 2011

The story of British nurse Edith Cavell whose activities in rescuing British soldiers and with the underground in occupied WWI Belgium led to her arrest, imprisonment, and execution as a spy.


Aggeles, Theodora B. Answering the Call: Nurses of Post 122. Xlibris Corporation, 2007.

Chronicles the highs and hardships of 1st. Lt. Hazel Murphy and her WWII comrades, among 20 nurses linked by their service with military surgical units.


Arthur, Terry. Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse. Beagle Books Publishing LLC, 2011

The story of British nurse Edith Cavell whose activities in rescuing British soldiers and with the underground in occupied WWI Belgium led to her arrest, imprisonment, and execution as a spy.


Bailey, Margaret E. The Challenge – Autobiography of Margaret E. Bailey, First Black Nurse Promoted to Colonel in the Army Nurse Corps. Tucker Publications, 1999.


Benning, Monica Conter. A Real Nurse's Dream – An Army Nurse's Experiences During WWII. 48 Hr Books, 2007.

Of the nurses assigned to Hickam Army Airfield in Hawaii during the Japanese raid on Oahu on 7 December 1941, the author was the last survivor.


Blair, James. D. Deadly Neglect: Apathy and Denial vs. Act of God. CreateSpace, 2011.

The story of courageous nurses caring for frail and vulnerable patients in disintegrating hospitals during and after Hurricane Katrina.


Brayley, Annabelle Our Vietnam Nurses. Michael Joseph/Penguin Australia, 2016 .

The story of Australian Army and civilian nurses' role in the Vietnam War.


Burrell, Prudence Hathaway Burns. Hathaway. Harlo Press, 1997.

A good portion of this autobiography is devoted to 1st. Lt. Burrell's and other black Army Nurses' experiences in WWII.


Burton, Cora. If I Don't Laugh, I'll Cry Forever: My War Experience in Vietnam, 2005.

The author "served in Vietnam from September 1969 to September 1970. This is her story of Vietnam, using a bit of humor to shade the memories, combat the depression and overcome flashbacks."


Cook, Isabelle. In Times of War: Memoirs of a World War II Nurse. Ivy Publishing Co., 1999.

"The fictionalized memoir follows one nurse as the war moves from North Africa to Italy and France. Nurses care for thousands of wounded soldiers, sharing many adventures, romances, and a passion for life in a world torn apart by the brutality of war."


Difford, Floramund Fellmeth. An Angel's Illustrated Journal. Chapters of Life, 2005.

The story of the author's experiences as an ANC in the Philippines and Australia during WWII.


Dobie, Kathryn S. and Lang, Eleanor, eds. Her War: American Women in World War II., iUniverse, 2003.

"American women tell the personal, largely unknown stories of their experiences serving their country in World War II."


Doerr, Anthony. All the Light We Cannot See., iUniverse, 2003.

The lives of a German orphan boy and a French blind girl before, during, and after WWII. Received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.


Douglas, Deborah G. American Women and Flight Since 1940. University Press of Kentucky, 2003.


Drain, Cecil B. and Odom-Forren, Jan. Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach, 5th edition. Saunders/Elsevier, 2009

This text has its "roots" in COL (Retired) Drain's service while still in the ANC. It was named the 2009 AJN Book of the Year in the Advanced Practice Nursing category.


Dunlap, Lillian, as told to Gurney, Cynthia A. 33 Years of Army Nursing: An Interview with Brigadier General Lillian Dunlap. US Army Nurse Corps, 2001.


Engelman, Muriel P. Mission Accomplished: Stop the Clock. iUniverse, 2009.

A memoir about the WWII ANC veteran's life, from her early childhood during the Depression through to her retirement in Florida.


Farrell, Mary Cronk Pure Grit. Harry N. Abrams, 2014.

An account of the experiences of the Army and Navy nurses interned in the Philippines after the Japanese invasion during WWII.


Fishpaw, Bernice and Fishpaw, Eli. The Shavetail and the Army Nurse: The Bride Wore Olive Drab. E. and B. Fishpaw, 1998.

The autobiographic tale of a Wisconsin farm girl and a Baltimore boy who grew up during the Depression and met and married during WWII.


Fortin, Noonie. Potpourri of War. LangMarc Publishing, 1998.

A book about "the heartfelt labors of love of women and men who have served their country in various capacities."


Flatau, Susie Kelly. From My Mother's Hands: Remembrances and Recipes from Texas Women. Republic of Texas Press, 2000.

The narratives and recipes of 33 accomplished Texas women and their mothers, including BG Lillian Dunlap and her mother, Mary Lucinda Schermerhorn Dunlap.


Garrels, Anne. Naked in Baghdad. McMillan, 2004.

The author describes her experiences as an NPR correspondent in Baghdad, Iraq between October 2002 and May 2004, including the period of American bombing and the arrival, fighting, and settling in of American ground troops during March and April 2003.


Gates,Robert M. Memoirs of a Secretary at War. Knopf Doubleday, 2015.

Mr. Gates, Secretary of Defense 2006-2011, of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Gavin, Lettie. American Women in World War I: They Also Served. University Press of Colorado, 2006.

A reprinting of the original 1997 edition, the book "tells the story of tens of thousands of women who served overseas in WWI and who opened many doors for women in the military."


Grano, Joseph J. and Levine, Mark. You can't predict a hero: From war to Wall Street, leading in times of crisis. John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Grano, a special forces Captain who worked his way to the top of UBS PaineWebber, lays out six principles of leadership.


Greenwood, John T. and Barry, F. Clifton Jr. Medics at War, Military Medicine from Colonial Times to the 20th Century. Naval Institute Press, 2005.

"An intriguing review of front line medical personnel and the critical role they have played in the success of US armed forces."


Gruhzit-Hoyt, Olga. They also served: American women in World War II. Carol Pub. Group, 1995.

Short profiles of women who served in World War II.


Gruhzit-Hoyt, Olga. A time remembered: American women in the Vietnam War. Presidio Press, 1999.

Some 10,000 US women served in the Vietnam War. Based on interviews with armed forces nurses, Red Cross volunteers and others, the author conveys their wartime and postwar experiences.


Heikkila, Kim. Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam. 2011.

This book is drawn from the author's dissertation in which she researched and wrote about the memories, stories, and present-day attitudes of 15 Minnesota women who served in Vietnam.


Jones, Brenda. Nurses Under Fire. Cherokee Books, 2007.

The story of three Army nurses, from their capture in the Philippines in 1941 through their triumphant return to the United States in 1945.


Jones, Carolyn. The American Nurse. The American Nurse Project, 2012.

Seventy-five portraits, interviews, and biographies, an endeavor of Carolyn Jones, an award-winning filmmaker and creator of numerous photography books, who captured and shared the images and stories of nurses from all across America and to celebrate the role of the nurse in this country’s health care system.


Kay, James David. All You Can Be, A soldier's reflections on service in the greatest Army the world has ever seen. David Kay, 2000.

A U.S. Army medic who became a field medical officer offers a collection of humorous and thoughtful reflections about his service.


Kildea, John. Three Under a Tree. Heritage Books, Inc., 2010.

The book takes readers into the minds of the last soldier killed in the Civil War and the last American soldiers killed in World War I and Vietnam, as they attempt to uncover what has brought them together.


Lineberry, Cate. The Secret Rescue – An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines. Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

The story of the 13 Army nurses and 13 medics aboard a C-53 aircraft blown off course by a storm which crashed behind enemy lines in WWII Albania.


Luz, Susan. The Nightingale of Mosul. Kaplan Publishing, 2010.

The autobiography of Army Nurse who was assigned to the 399th Combat Support Hospital in Massachusetts which was deployed in Iraq before and during the “surge.”


Lynch, Betty Jane. Okinawa – World War II 1945-1946: An Army Nurse's Story. Self-published, 2002.


Matthews, Meredith Miller. Mother Wore Combat Boots. Grapevine Press, 2000.

A historical perspective of the author's mother's service in the ANC in the Pacific Theater during WWII.


McLaughlin, Pamela. Celia, Army Nurse and Mother Remembered: A Nurse for the Century. 1st Books Library, 2002.

A collection of the letters Celia wrote to her close-knit New England family about her WWII adventures in North Africa and Italy.


Merriam, Donna C. This Country Girl. Tate Publishing USA, 2005.

An autobiography that tells the story of growing up in a simple farm family near Lostant, Illinois through an ANC career in Vietnam and beyond.


Monahan, Evelyn M. and Neidel-Greenlee, Rosemary. All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese. University Press of Kentucky, 2003.

The authors conducted numerous interviews with survivors of Japanese POW camps and scoured archives for letters, diaries, and journals to uncover the heroism and sacrifices of these brave women.


Monahan, Evelyn M. and Neidel-Greenlee, Rosemary. And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II. Knopf, 2003.

Divided into chapters that cover various campaigns, the book follows the experiences of several of the more than 59,000 Army Nurses who served in WWII.


Norman, Elizabeth M. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese. Random House, 1999.

Their story untold no more, twenty of the survivors of the Japanese prisoner of war camp on Bataan were interviewed by Dr. Norman, an eminent nursing historian.


Norman, Elizabeth M. Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

This book grew out of the author's doctoral dissertation.


O'Neill, Susan Kramer. Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Viet Nam. Ballantine Books, 2001.

A collection of short stories set in three hospitals in Vietnam during 1969-70.


Pearce, Ann Stilfer. As Time Goes By. Self-published, 1997.

The author's account of her three years of experiences with the 78th Station Hospital in Northern Africa, Italy, and Southern France during WWII.


Phelps, Fredrick O. Born on the Fifth of July: Memoirs of Frontline Nurse Captain Fred Phelps During the Bloodiest Years of Vietnam. CreateSpace, 2013.

Captain Fred Phelps, ANC, remembers his deployment to Vietnam from July 1967 to June 1968.


Pocklington, Dorothy, ed. Heritage of Leadership: Army Nurse Corps Biographies. ALDOT, 2004.

Biographies of the Superintendents and Chiefs of the Army Nurse Corps, 1901-2004, written by Army Nurse Corps officers. Illustrated with photographs of the official portraits.


Powell, Mary Reynolds. A World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Arrogance in Vietnam. Greenleaf Book Group, LLC, 2002.

"... a riveting and very moving insider's view of what goes on in field hospitals in combat zones."


Richie-Melvan, Sharon, and Vines, Diane. Angel Walk: Nurses at War in Iraq and Afghanistan. Arnica Publishing, Portland, OR, 2010.

“The untold stories of the men and women who have fought for the lives of those wounded on the battlefield, the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) officers.”


Rich, Mary-Ann. volume in Objects for Deployment. The Veterans Book Workshop Project, 2010.

The author tells the story of her deployment as officer in charge of the operating room of the 399th Combat Support Hospital in Tikrit, Iraq, 2006-2007. One of the Veterans Book Project library of books authored collaboratively by dozens of people who have been affected by, and have archives of, the current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Rushton, Patricia. Gulf War Nurses – Personal Accounts of 14 Americans, 1990-1991, and 2003-2010.

The author illuminates the lives of fourteen military nurses sharing the thoughts, desires, fears, and challenges they experienced during both Gulf Wars.


Sargeant, Stanley F. Blackfish in the Chuck: A Tale of Adventures and God's Love for a Prodigal. PublishAmerica, 2008.

A series of tales from the author's adventurous life. It includes accounts of his boyhood life on a floating village in the northern Canadian wilderness and his years of challenging and exciting military life, beginning when he flew as an aerial gunner in Navy torpedo bombers, and later swerving as an officer in the U.S. Army, including a term as a paratrooper nurse.


Sarnecky, Mary T. A History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.

The authoritative history of the Army Nurse Corps, from its antecedents pre-1901 to the Vietnam era.


Sarnecky, Mary T. A Contemporary History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Borden Institute, 2010.

Volume two of the authoritative history of the Army Nurse Corps, from the end of the Vietnam era to the end of the 20th Century.


Scannell-Desch, Elizabeth and Doherty, Mary Ellen. Nurses in War – Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan. Springer Publishing Company, 2012.

The authors are a retired Air Force Nurse who is Professor of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College, NY, and an Associate Professor of Nursing at Western Connecticut State University, respectively. The book describes the experiences of 37 U.S. military nurses sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.


Schorer, Avis Dagit. A Half Acre of Hell. Galde Press, 2000.

The author was with the 56th Evacuation Hospital when it went ashore on D+5 at Anzio, Italy in WWII and served at the unit's location, to which the title refers.


Smith, David Clayton and Litoff, Judy Barrett, eds. We're in this war too: World War II letters from American women in uniform. Oxford University Press, 1994.

The editors draw upon their archive of 30,000 wartime letters – the product of a decade-long, nationwide search – to provide an immediate sense of the lives of women in every branch of the armed forces during WWII.


Soloman, Flora J. A Pledge of Silence. Lake Union Publishing, 2015.

A story of an Army nurse serving in Manila in 1941 and her ordeal following the Japanese invasion.


Stoddard, Eleanor. Fearless Presence. American Literary Press, 2006.

Based primarily on two recorded oral histories and numerous papers, this is the story of Lt. Colonel Nola Forrest, culminating in her assignment as director of Army nurses in the Southwest Pacific during WWII.


Stuban, Sandra. The Butcher's Daughter: The Story of an Army Nurse with ALS. Publishing, 2009.

This autobiography follows the author's experiences from childhood in Pennsylvania through nursing school and then as an Army nurse. As a 38-year-old Lieutenant Colonel, she was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and medically retired. The book was written 14 years later.


Thompson, Beverly. The Colonel is a Lady: Le Grande Dame of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

A biography of LTC Evangeline “Jamie” Jamison, an Army nurse who served in three wars and was instrumental in the creation of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, DC.


Tomblin, Barbara Brooks. GI Nightingales, The Army Nurse Corps in World War II. University Press of Kentucky, 2003.

"Weaving together information from official sources and personal interviews, Barbara Tomblin gives the first full-length account of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the Second World War."


Van Straten, James G. A Different Face of War: Memories of a Medical Service Corps Officer in Vietnam. North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series, 2015.

An account of an American MSC officer assigned as senior medical advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in I Corps, an area close to the DMZ, during the early years of the Vietnam War.


Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, Inc. Celebration of Patriotism and Courage: Dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial, November 10-12, 1993. Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, 1993


Vuic, Kara Dixon. Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

"Utilizing a feminist paradigm, this evocative and unique dissection of the collective gender experiences of Army Nurse Corps officers in the Vietnam War and its aftermath breaks new ground in the history of military nursing."


Wainwright, Gen. Johathan M., and Considine, Robert, ed. General Wainwright's Story. Doubleday, 1946 (also Bantam Books 1986).

General Wainwright's accounting of his experiences during the fall of his commmand in the Philippines, as a POW, and afterwards.


Walsh,Patricia L. River City – A Nurse’s Year in Vietnam. TOA Press, 2009.

A semi-autobiographical account of the author's experience working as a nurse anesthetist in a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hospital in Danang, 1967-68.


Welch, Bob. American Nightingale, The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy. Atria Books, 2004.

The story of a Jewish fruit peddler's daughter, born in Poland during WWI, who became the first Army Nurse killed during the Allied invasion of Europe in WWII.


Westenreider, Casey. What We Got Into. Xlibris US, 2013.

Joining the fight against terrorism in ground-pounding combat as US Army infantrymen, the soldiers of 3d Platoon, Charlie Company, had no idea exactly what they were getting into and even less where this adventure would take them when deeply imbedded in the Taliban-infested grape fields of the Panjwei’i District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.


Wigle, Shari Lynn. Pride of America, We're With You. Seaboard Press, 2008.

Based on letters written by Lieutenant Grace Anderson, ANC before, during, and after her service in WWI.


Wildwind, Sharon Grant. Some Welcome Home: An Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen Mystery. Thorndike Press, 2006.

The first in the author's fiction Vietnam Veterans Mystery Series.


Wildwind, Sharon Grant. First Murder in Advent: An Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen Mystery. Five Star Press, 2007.

The second in the author's fiction Vietnam Veterans Mystery Series.


Zinni, Tony and Koltz, Tony. Leading the Charge: Leadership lessons from the battlefield to the boardroom. McMillan, 2009.

General Zinni gives eleven qualities or core elements that modern leaders need.