Same, regular Saturday inspection at 9:00 A.M. The area seems much smaller now, that there are only four wards to inspect in this compound and only two in the outer compound.
The ‘”packages” are being examined and separated today under Capt. Brenner’s supervision and with Col. Vanderboget to check. All food products are being issued to the mess; toilet articles in one pile. clothing in another etc. etc. The letter will be issued to those most needing it. then other items will be prorated, raffled etc. A large percentage of the food products is spoiled. but the mass will salvage what it can. There may be a very small issue of cigarettes (ten per man) from those in good condition. and possibly enough coffee to go around X’mas morning.
A.R. with L.B. at 10:15 A.M. this of course, largely holds up work and routine hospital activities.
Same, Mr. Horano J.O.M.- requested two foot lockers which were obtained in the afternoon, was given permission to take last year’s personal packages that had not been issued. 38 sacks (about 8 pkgs. per sack) were kept here and a like number sent to McKinley.
Mr. Horano wanted 244 mess kits but we have no extras – He returned in the evening and wanted 25 to fill the quota. He was willing to give a new canteen cup and pair of blue fatigue trousers in exchange. These were obtained and delivered.
Still on alert status – there was some activity during the night. Conference with Mr. Kuhoda who had okayed letter requesting mass and church services inside buildings during alert. No mention of X’mas request letter, but am hoping there will be some action on it. Three of Staff and three Corps men down with dengue. but we can carry on satisfactorily.
Alert status persists, death this morning of Ernest C. Anderson Pvt. B.A. – cause, alvealar carcinoma, shown by autopsy. Atemortem diagnosis bronchgenic carcinoma. This is the third death this month, caused by malignancy, all patients in their twenties, and no metastases found. Apparently, the general cachexia makes them less resistant to malignancy and they expire from inanition before the lesion has progressed markedly.
Move seems to be well completed including utility offices, and thus the compound seems unusually quiet since patients are keeping close to their buildings because of alert status.
Alert statue today (Japanese office). As usual the American cause 90% of their own grief. This morning, it was found that two locks had been broken and the J.O.M. supply in back of Bldg. #9 had been straffed of three 55 kg. sacks of sugar. Horano the J.O.M. was going to shake down the entire compound. He went to several wards, then to #17 (N.P. section) where Captain Winship found a patient with large box of sugar. This man Wm. A. Menna Aerag, 3/c USN, who is undoubtedly a CPL admitted to the whole job after
tenko last night – said he went over the wire fence and was back in by 8:00 PM. He had covered two sacks over with wood boxes by the quan stoves. (Sgt Handshew—Wd master) This was all returned and the man put in solitary. The corps man on duty was questioned but denied all knowledge of the theft. Mr. Kuboda passed it over because the man is N.P.
Sent in a request for the catholic chaplain to have mass each day on a different ward during “alerts.”
About 1:30 PM Captain Nogi requested three lots of drugs – each the same size as B-2 of draft drugs. This required 3 RC cases for each lot. All was ready, with quadruplicate requisitions, by 4:00 altho they wanted it by 2:30 and kept pushing us. One small case of surgical instruments and
supplies was included.
Apparently still on A.R. status – no sirens for several weeks. Conference with Mr. Kuboda and turned in request for X’mas sabis. Also again requested midnight mass for Catholics which will be considered, he said.
Clean up practically completed and compound looks well. checked special diets on rounds – still 30 on #1 and 25 on #2 (milk). It is definitely helping many – it should be 600 extra calories a day. However. since draft left, there has been no increase. Good issues of camotes, gabis, and bean mash and today we hit 300 gms on grain for the first time. In fact 315 gms.
Still on A.R. but no activity. Area fairly well cleaned up, but still have many beds to move. Made complete rounds of area and thing are running quite smoothly. There is a dearth of corps men and very few patients well enough to work on utilities. Four N.P. patients have been transferred to #5 and have been assigned to keep that work policed, except one who is on utility detail.
Col Hudson, Col McCracken, and Lt Com Goodall complained from Wd #10 about policing. They are willing to sweep, but don’t want to clean latrine. I will assign well patients as soon as they are available.
Question of accident to draft – much activity and out going group this afternoon.
Still on A.R. with considerable activity. This has held up our clean-up but hope it will be finished tomorrow. Sgt Tananui requested swivel chair, examining table, hand basin, thumb forceps and scissors, in the last two days, for the Japanese dressing room. These have all been issued.
Still on A.R. status – breakfast not served until about 10:00 AM. At 10:30 had a conference with Mr. Kuboda and repeated to him again at 11:30 including Mr. Schwizer. They want Bldgs. 18 A, and 5 combined in #9. Front office and tailor and cobbler shop to #2. Wds #9 and #14 to #5. The 8 officers remaining in #11 to #10. This was initiated about noon in spite of A.R. and with the Japanese approval, altho for ordinary conditions they
are awkward about people in the compound during A.R. This was reiterated today, that during A.R. there would be no personnel moving in the compound, and then at one bell, only doctors and corps men might leave their quarters for 20 minutes at a time.
The move was partially complete by 5:00 PM but all extra beds, mattreses, etc. must be moved to #13 and the latter must be cleaned first which will take place tomorrow. Needless to say, all Bldgs. occupied by the draft are filthy.