The elation on their faces is so clear — it’s hard to imagine what a moment like this would be like, for those of us who have never been there. After three years of imprisonment, these US Army Nurses — captured by the Japanese at Bataan and Corregidor and held as POWs at the Santo Tomas internment camp —  are finally free. Though still far from home, in this photo the end is really in sight as they load onto trucks to leave for Manila, where ships will take them back to the United States. Some look exhausted, others look joyful, but they all are finally returning to their loved ones who they haven’t seen in years.

US Army Nurses

Manila, Luzon, Philippines.

February 1945.

Credit: Anti-Worlds