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About Laura Mae Cobb
Laura M. Cobb was born in Atchison, Kansas on May 11, 1892 and died in Wichita, Kansas on September 27, 1981 at the age of 89. She graduated from Mulvane High School in 1910 and Wesley Hospital, Wichita in 1918. At the end of World War 1, she served at the Canacao Naval Hospital in Manila as a nurse of the United States Navy. As a member of the United States Navy, she also served during the World War 2. She was decorated for being held as a Japanese prisoner of war for 37 months, and she continued serving as chief nurse of the other POW nurses including some of the Angels of Bataan and Corregidor who were captured by the Japanese in and around Manila. Laura M. Cobb retired from the Nurse Corps in 1947 as a lieutenant commander.
When the Japanese attacked the Cavite Navy Yard on December 10, 1941, Cobb and ten other navy nurses remained with the wounded in Manila until the US Military there surrendered to the Japanese on January 2, 1942 . Cobb's quiet, professional manner was reassuring to the other nurses and apparently respected by the Japanese. When ordered by their captors to inventory medical supplies, Cobb instructed the nurses to mislabel valuable quinine as mere soda bicarbonate to preserve the quinine for the treatment of malaria patients