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April 13-14, 1942

I just got through Cabcabaun [Cabcaben], when Corregidor opened fire on the Japanese there. Some of our own men where killed there in the artillery exchange.

I made Balanga the day of the 14th. We were all lined up there, and given rice. I had no mess kit, so all I got was a handful. First real food I’d had in three days.

At all the water stations, we all made a mad dash for the pumps. The Japs, tried stopping us by hitting us with their rifle butts, but it was no use.

Many of the men fell by the wayside for lack of food and water. Many more were sick.