So Proudly We Hail! (1943) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • A group of U.S. Army nurses leaves San Francisco for their tour of duty in Hawaii in December 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor changes their destination, and their lives. Sent to Bataan, in the Philippines, the nurses are led by Lt. Janet Davidson. She is faced with untested nurses who expected an easy time in Honolulu, but who quickly become battle-weary veterans dealing with daily bombardments by the Japanese, overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded, and dwindling supplies. Some of "Davey's" unit also have to deal with romantic entanglements with men they met onboard ship. When Bataan falls, the American forces flee to the offshore island of Corregidor, where they find the Japanese assault just as intense.

    - Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>
  • The story of eight wartime nurses who served in the Pacific. They all joined prior to the attack at Pearl Harbor and were on their way there by ship when it occurred. After spending a good deal of time at sea, they finally arrive in the Philippines. Conditions are difficult at the best of times but they work hard and are much appreciated. The nurse's senior officer Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson meets Lt. John Summers and falls in love. Olivia D'Arcy lost her husband-to-be at Pearl Harbor and only wants revenge. As the situation deteriorates, the hospital is relocated to Bataan and then to Corregidor. Evacuation eventually comes but not everyone will have survived their time in the Pacific.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • On May 5th, 1942, eight US army nurses arrive at an army base in Melbourne, Australia following a mandatory evacuation from Corregidor. They are deemed heroines by their military comrades for their war deeds. Among the eight is the superior officer, Lt. Janet Davidson - Davy to most that know her - who is in a half comatose state from emotional trauma. Authorities want to know her story to get her out of that state. The other seven relay that story. Most of the company met in November 1941 when they were being shipped from San Francisco to their first posting in the Pacific. The group included straightforward Davy, Lt. Joan O'Doul who admits to having trouble saying no to men, and Lt. Olivia D'Arcy, a sullen and angry woman who they picked up en route due to unforeseen circumstances. On board their ship, romance ensued for both Davy and Joan. With changing conditions in the Pacific, they were eventually stationed in Bataan under the command of General MacArthur, the allied forces there who were under heavy attack by the Japanese. The large company of nurses tried to do work in their mobile hospital under difficult and trying conditions, which was made all the more difficult by the Japanese who cut off supply routes to the area. Through these difficulties, Olivia eventually opened up about her anger, while Joan and especially Davy continued with their new found relationships, Davy in the hopes that they would survive the war so that it could continue after all was said and done. The Japanese threw up many roadblocks in Davy reaching this ultimate goal.

    - Written by Huggo
  • A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.

    - Written by Jim Beaver <bajw32a@prodigy.com>


In 1942, an Army plane brings eight nurses from the Philippines to Australia. They are the only female survivors from the hard-hit Army base in Corregidor,and are put aboard a ship to the US...

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