Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

Wednesday 2-22-99

Washington’s birthday –opened early but did no damage. Went to StA in a.m. –shaved &c & combed my hair for the first time in 8 days. Firing close & low.

Shortly after noon another sally was made by Wn and we made about 30 good Filips. Got a padre too –He had 27 bullets in him. We let them lay where they fell. The jungle is full of trenches and they defend them viciously. We lost 2 killed and three wounded. The ins. were pushed to the church, then we went back to our trenches, but they reformed and followed us closely. We think the priest is worth 100 soldiers. Very hot. The “Scandia” got in tonight with reinforcements.