October 25, 1944

The day was quiet – towards evening several Japanese planes flew over. Jr. is now ill with a cold and fever. It seems to be an epidemic. Dolly is better today and I am improving. Last night we were awakened by the shouts of the Japanese Patrol requesting us to keep Budigoy from barking. They..

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October 25, 1944

I can see that Jerry too has traveled a long journey in here through books, deep experience and mental turbulence. In agonizing worry over the children and me during the last two months of hunger, decline and desperate illness, he has touched some unfathomable moments. He shows change and growth too, and has plumbed some..

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25 October 1944

Continued Jap air attacks -- enemy bombs dropped on island and in sea but with no damage. Shooting them down as they come in. Southern Forces giving Japs on island a bad fit -- little resistance. US Hospital ship MERCY arrives. Japs dropped five bombs near her but missed. One of APA44's landing boats (LCVP#l9)..

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25 October 1944

Same thing as yesterday with little variation. Things started at 5:05AM and continued on and off all day, up till midnight. To say we were tired, would be putting it mildly for we had a couple of GQs during the night and early morning, one of which lasted 3 hours but didn't fire on one..

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25 October 1944

General Quarters at 0500. Nothing happened, although there were enemy planes in the vicinity. We secured at 0730 when the boys were about to have breakfast Flash Blue was announced and two minutes later GQ. One Val was seen and was fired on by 5" batteries in the area. He made smoke to let the..

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Wed. Oct. 25, 1944

Constant air bombing by Japs. Just before beaching the ship was hit forward. 41 men killed, many hurt. Ship was set afire and some vehicles burned before fire was controlled. Went ashore 11:45 AM. Bivouac in a coconut grove. Constant air raids and AA Fire all afternoon. Night quiet except our field Artillery and rifle..

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