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Sad Eyes with Dan Perkins


Today, The Two Mikes interviewed the author Dan Perkins, who has written six novels and three children's books.


Mr. Perkins' new book is the first volume of a work entitled Sad Eyes: Book One:1912 to 1939: A Nurse's love of her country during WW II.


The book is the story of a woman named Mary Ellen Murphy who was born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1912. The book follows Murphy's life, education, job experiences, relationships, accomplishments, and lessons learned to the eve of war.


The book is a fictional memoir written in the first person, and Mr. Perkins has already been applauded for his ability to successfully write in a manner that reflects Murphy's femininity, desire for independence, commonsense. and her development of ability to compete in a then male-dominated society. Murphy leaves Waterloo after high school and attends nursing school in Chicago, and upon graduation attends another school to be trained as an Emergency Room nurse.


The latter requires working 50 weeks per year, both learning her medical skills and working after classes and on weekends in the hospital to help pay for her board and tuition. She graduates and works for several more years in Chicago, and then moves to San Diego and takes a job with the U.S. military and is assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. At Pearl Harbor she is assigned the task of assessing the quality of the medical supplies that would be used to address wounds in case of war. She finds those supplies to be poor in quality and improperly stored. Thereafter, Murphy's career begins to unfold as she gains ever greater confidence, responsibilities, and respect among her peers and seniors as war nears for America.


In this book, Mr. Perkins, who also has 50 years experience as an investment adviser, provides another brick for the still unfinished building that will eventually house an accurate and encompassing picture of the many key roles played by women in winning World War II, especially in areas such as medicine, air transport, scientific research, administration, and espionage. It should be welcomed by all Americans.




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