┌── Dr. Franklin Abile Hinshaw │ 1859-1934 ┌── Charles Earl Henshaw ──┤ │ 1891-1920 │ │ └── Mary L. Hewett │ 1867-1925 Gwendolyn L. Henshaw ───┤ B: 1914 │ D: 1999 │ └── Helen M. - c1898- M: - Deiss
|Gwendolyn L. Henshaw [ID 17576]||Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view:|
Born Mar 28 1914, Oregon.1,2,3,4,5,6
During World War II Gwendolyn served as a Second Lieutenant nurse in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps,7,8,9,10 serving from May 19 1936 to Jan 31 1947, eventually attaining the rank of Captain.11 Gwendolyn was one of the "Angels of Bataan", a group of 68 army nurses who were imprisoned by the Japanese.7,8,9,12 She was held a the Santo Tomas POW camp in Luzon.10
Gwendolyn's military service is noted in the Registry of the National World War II Memorial:7
SHE WAS AN ARMY NURSE ASSIGNED TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN AND AROUND MANILA, LUZON OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS WHEN THE JAPANESE ATTACKED ON DECEMBER 8, 1941. IN JANUARY 1942, SHE WAS TRANSFERRED TO BATAAN AND IN APRIL 1942 TRANSFERRED TO THE ISLAND OF CORREGIDOR. DURING THESE TIMES AND UNDER DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS SHE TREATED HER PATIENTS WHILE UNDER THE CONSTANT ATTACK OF THE JAPANESE. SHE WAS CAPTURED ON CORREGIDOR ON JUNE 25, 1942 AND TRANSFERRED TO SANTO TOMAS INTERNMENT CAMP IN MANILA ON AUGUST 25, 1942. WHILE HELD AS A PRISONER OF WAR IN SANTO TOMAS INTERNMENT CAMP SHE ADMINISTERED TO THE SICK AND WOUNDED UNDER BARBARIC CONDITIONS INCLUDING LONG HOURS OF WORK AND BARELY ENOUGH FOOD TO SUSTAIN LIFE, WHICH RESULTED IN EXTREME LOSS OF WEIGHT AND VARIOUS ILLNESS AND DISEASES. ON FEBRUARY 3, 1945, SHE WAS LIBERATED FROM SANTO TOMAS INTERNMENT CAMP AND PROMOTED ONE GRADE IN RANK. AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR, THE ASIATIC-PACIFIC THEATER MEDAL WITH TWO BATTLE STARS, A PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, THE AMERICAN DEFENSE MEDAL WITH ONE BATTLE STAR, THE PHILIPPINE DEFENSE RIBBON WITH ONE BATTLE STAR, THE PHILIPPINE LIBERATION RIBBON WITH ONE BATTLE STAR, AND SIX HASH MARKS FOR YEARS OF OVERSEAS MILITARY SERVICE.
She married - Deiss.1,2
In 1999 Gwendolyn was living in/near Camas, Clark County, Washington.2,3
Gwendolyn L. Henshaw died Aug 25 1999, buried Sep 10 1999, Section Col-2, Row 313, Site E (COL-2313E), Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE MT. Scott Blvd., Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.1,2,3,4,11,13
Photo: "Angels of Bataan" article, mentioning Gwendolyn L. Henshaw "Statesville Daily Record" (Statesville, North Carolina), Feb 27 1945 8
Photo: Gwendolyn L. Henshaw with other "Angels of Bataan" "The Oelwein Daily Register" (Oelwein, Iowa), Mar 6 1945 12
Photo: Bataan nurses article, mentioning Gwendolyn L. Henshaw "Stars and Stripes", Mar 2 1945 14
Social Security information for Gwendolyn L. Henshaw: 559-64-2855
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