Have you checked out the THE LEPER SPY: THE STORY OF AN UNLIKELY HERO OF WORLD WAR II yet? Join Josefina Guerrero, a young Filipina women who has to overcome a lot in her life. First came a debilitating illness which proved to be leprosy. Then a Japaneses invasion in 1941.
- How does one respond when a formerly comfortable world is suddenly reduced to rubble? Consider the plight of Josefina Guerrero, a young Filipina married to a physician, happily raising a daughter in Manila.
- As her body wasted away, Josefina prayed. And one day “she had an epiphany: if she believed anything, it was that even the lowliest could be a vessel, could be of service to the great good . If she was going to die, she would do so with dignity, face her fate with honor.”
- In a postwar ceremony, Josefina was presented a Medal of Freedom With Silver Palm, a decoration created by President Truman to honor foreign civilians who resisted occupation and helped save American lives. The general who presented the medal said she “had more courage than that of a soldier on the field of battle.”
“For a time, Josefina could chat with soldiers and pick up tidbits of information. But, lacking medication, her condition worsened. Red blotches appeared on her face, arms and back.”