December 9, 1941

Today was like a ghastly dream! Beds that were empty yesterday were now occupied by mangled and horribly burned patients.

In a few short hours, the simple routine of our lives was completely changed. We worked twelve and fourteen hours at a time and felt no exhaustion—only numbness. We couldn’t quite believe what had happened!

Heavy bombings daily, sometimes several times a day! Blackouts! Evacuation plans! Servants leaving for the provinces! Food prices skyrocketing!

Fort Stotsenberg and Clark Field had been bombed repeatedly, and our wounded and dying continued to fill the beds.

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