Historical Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Today is a big day for hearts and flowers, boxes of chocolates and candlelight dinners.

On Valentine’s Day of 1942, Peggy Utinsky was holed up in her apartment in Manila, hiding from Japanese occupation authorities. They were rounding up American nationals to put them in civilian internment camps. Peggy was determined not to go. She would feel useless there, and she wouldn’t be able to find out what happened to her husband, Jack.

Peggy kept a low profile, arranged for false identity papers, and joined a Philippine Red Cross medical expedition to the Bataan peninsula later that spring. Maybe there she could find Jack.

Read the rest of the story in Angels of the Underground.