OF AMERICA, WE'RE WITH YOU:
The Letters of Grace Anderson,
U.S. Army Nurse Corps, World War I
by Shari Lynn Wigle
Trade Paper: 6" x9 x+192pp. illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-59663-772-6, 1-59663-772-2 $12.95
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All of our strength we’ll gladly give you . . .
In their unit song, Grace Anderson and the Base Hospital No. 115 nurses
promised the soldiers: “Pride of America, we’re with you, all of our
strength we’ll gladly give you …” More than ten thousand World War I
army nurses volunteered for a perilous overseas venture. They aided the
troops in the fight for democracy before American women had the right to
Grace, a nurse anesthetist, helped save lives in the operating rooms and hospital wards. She healed “our boys” and her own heartaches—a life-changing romance and the tragic loss of a loved one.
Her 1917–1925 letters follow her from Camp Pike training to France, occupied Germany, and her return home. The narrative interweaves her correspondence with World War I history and her personal life, including her secret relationship with an army surgeon. The true story focuses on the human side of the Great War and recounts Grace’s challenges in the postwar years.
About the AuthorDuring a home remodeling project, Dana and Lynn Swan found the World War I letters of his grandmother, Grace Anderson, a U.S. Army nurse. The serendipitous event led Shari Lynn Wigle on a journey back to the Great War and offered her a new adventure in research and writing. The author has had many articles published in magazines and newspapers. Her career also includes newspaper reporting, film production, and corporate public relations/publications. A graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana and of the University of California, Los Angeles, she lives in Westlake Village, California. Pride of America, We’re With You is the author’s first book.