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Evelyn Whitlow was born in Leasburg, Caswell County. After high school graduation, she trained as a registered nurse, and in May 1940 entered the US Army as a nurse 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Bragg. She was in the Philippines when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. She and other nurses earned the above title for treating soldiers and civilians as their supplies dwindled. Many nurses were successfully evacuated, but Whitlow's plane crashed and all aboard were captured. She was one of eighty-one female prisoners of war held in Manila. These women were the first female POWs in American military history. They were liberated in February 1945. Whitlow died June 3, 1994.
Walter G. Atkinson is a native of Leaksville, and on June 6, 1944, D-Day, he landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France. He relates his experiences from that point to the war's end. He was twice wounded and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. Atkinson remained in the army after the war. He was in the Korean War and retired in 1961.