Quiet Heroes

Quiet Heroes Navy Nurses of the Korean War 1950-1953 Far East Command

Author Commander Frances Omori, honors these unsung heroes of the Korean War through stories, photographs, historical documents, and the words of grateful patients. She provides a memorable mosaic of the navy nurses’ healing compassion amid the brutality of war.

About the author

Table of Contents


Foreword, Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator (Ret)
Foreword, Gen. Raymond David, USMC (Ret)
Author’s Introduction

Francis Omori

Frances Omori is an active duty commander in the U.S. Navy. As a national security analyst and strategist, she addresses policy issues including arms control, weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological and nuclear), counterproliferation, and war gaming and simulation. She is a liaison for the U.S. Pacific Command. Before joining the navy, she was a broadcast journalist in Colorado, a television producer in Los Angeles, and a casting director for the television show “Hawaii Five-O.” Frances has also been a legislative assistant and press secretary for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. This is Frances Omori’s second book; she was co-editor of Strength Through Cooperation: Military Forces in Asia-Pacific. 

Table of Contents


 1. Navy Nurses of the Korean War.
2. Yokosuka the Hub
3. Patients Arrived . . .
4. . . . And Kept On Coming
5. Home Sweet Yokosuka
6. USS Consolation (AH-15)
7. USS Repose (AH-16)
8. USS Haven (AH-12)
9. Ambassadors of Goodwill 


1. Recruiting Poster for Military Nurses
2. Navy Nurse Requirements
3. Meritorious Unit Commendation
4. Naval Hospital Yokosuka Christmas Menu
5. Tea with President and Mrs. Truman
6. Charge Nurse’s Schedule
7. Colombian Soldier’s letter
8. Letter from the War Zone


Reviews for Quiet Heroes

“For fifty years the Korean Conflict has been the war that fell between the cracks; its veterans are ignored and their sacrifices are either overlooked or largely forgotten. In Quiet Heroes Frances Omori has done a masterful job of giving a voice to one group of Korean veterans, the navy nurses. In their own words, these angels of mercy tell their story and unwittingly define what the word hero really means.”

—Jan Herman, Editor, Navy Medicine Magazine

Historian, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

“The human misery endured by many of the wounded during the Korean War can never be portrayed in words. Additionally hard to describe is the sense of having arrived in heaven when the wounded were finally attended to by the navy’s angels of mercy. Comdr. Frances Omori’s book, Quiet Heroes, helps marines say thank you to all the navy nurses, corpsmen and doctors.”

-Col. Walt Ford, USMC (Ret)

Editor, Leatherneck Magazine of Marines

“Were it not for the ‘quiet heroes’ who served aboard our hospital ships and at the Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan, there would be fewer of us to show them our appreciation on this, the fiftieth anniversary of the Korean War.”

-Gen. Raymond G. Davis, USMC (Ret)

Medal of Honor recipient

Assistant Commandant, 1971-1972

Proud Member of the Chosin Few

“Frances Omori has carefully documented wonderful, true stories of real people that show the lasting power of goodness. This moving documentary paints a picture of selfless service—service that healed bodies and lifted spirits. Frances Omori has served her country well by telling the tales of these previously unsung heroes.”

-Vice Adm. Daniel Oliver, USN (Ret)

Chief of Naval Personnel, 1996 – 1999

“Though few in number, these navy women made a significant impact on the lives of thousands. Their professionalism, dedication, and compassion under grueling circumstances make them examples to be emulated. Recognition of these exceptional navy women is long overdue. The courage of these navy nurses is no longer forgotten.”

-Rear Adm. Henry C. McKinney, USN (Ret)

President and CEO, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

“At a time when we are losing our veterans and their stories at the rate of thousands a day, Quiet Heroes captures those memories and preserves a time in history for future generations to appreciate. Well done, commander!”

-Sidney R. Slagter

Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul

“The tender loving care given our to our marines by the corpsmen serving side-by-side with the marines in the foxholes and on the battlefields continued aboard the hospital ships and the various naval hospitals in Japan and the United States where the ‘quiet heroes’ performed their miracles. Those dedicated nurses applied their medical skills in combination with good cheer, optimism, and counsel—sometimes including admonitions—all to the benefit of the patients in their care.”

-Col. William Barber USMC (Ret)

Medal of Honor recipient

“A touching remembrance from a forgotten war.”

-James Webb

Former Secretary of the Navy

Author, Fields of Fire and The Emperor’s General

“To the young marines they treated, the nurses were heroines in starched whites. They are remembered by the marines for their whispered words of caring, or a whiff of sachet and a calming touch through the miasma of pain amid the reek of battlefield muck and dried blood. But the 3,000 navy nurses who served during the Korean War were much more; they were caring professionals whose competence and skill in treating shattering wounds were instrumental in returning a majority of their wounded patients to the battlefield, surrendering only one-half of one percent. Comdr. Frances Omori has done America a service by writing this fine book honoring those unsung heroines of an unpopular and almost ignored war. Well done!”

-Frank Perkins, USAR (Ret)

Military Affairs Columnist, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, Fort Worth,Texas

“A great testament to the heroism of the naval nurses and U.S. Marines who served during the Korean War.”

-Betty Ommerman

Staff Writer, Newsday, The Long Island Newspaper, Melville, New York