October 16, 1944

Inspection all day - foot lockers this AM and mussette bags and personal gear in the PM. We were all scheduled (Main draft and my detail) to leave at 2:00 AM tomorrow when all details were called off about 4:30 PM. Then this evening 190 men were asked to leave in the AM.

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October 16, 1944

A very rainy day. The shelter's full of water and no bombs. Several Japanese planes were flying but none of ours. A lot of people are disappointed. They expected them again today. The Japanese have spread their ammunition dumps all over the city. In front of Hicky's and Gabaldon's and the street leading to the..

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October 16, 1944

Out of deep sleep, I found Jerry sitting on my bed trying to explain to my befuddled brain why he wanted my watch and silver filigree bracelet, the result of two past anniversaries. He is trading it out sub rosa, hoping for exchange in food—peanuts or sugar instead of money. Then he can trade these..

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October 16, 1944

The Philippines yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of its independence in peace, thanks to the resounding defeat of the invading Americans in the Taiwan waters. We could be sure that the punishment was such that the Americans were forced to abandon their idea of proceeding to the Philippines to cut short our independence celebration. We..

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