Eleanor M. Garen was born on March 7, 1909 in Fennville, Allegan County, Michigan. She served in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant during World War II. Eleanor was one of the "Angels of Bataan and Corregidor” – the US Army and Navy Nurse Corps women who served in the Battle of the Philippines in 1941-42. When Bataan and Corregidor fell, 11 Navy nurses, 66 army nurses, and 1 nurse-anesthetist were captured and imprisoned in and around Manila. They continued to serve as nurses in various POW camps until they were finally liberated in February 1945. Eleanor died on November 26, 1993 at the age of 84 in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana and is now buried in the Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA with the rank of Major on her headstone.