October 26, 1944

The soldiers are commandeering horses, calesas, bicycles and push carts, and the people are forced to hide them. As a consequence, there is an even greater lack of transportation in Manila. This is a sign that the Japanese are running short of motorized vehicles. The trucks which they had confiscated at the start of the war..

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October 26, 1944

This morning at 9:00 a.m. 20 American planes flew over us. We all expected a raid but instead they flew towards Capiz. The rumor is that there will be a landing on Panay on the 28th of this month! There is very little resistance here and according to a Japanese soldier, they would retreat from..

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October 26, 1944

Another smuggled Nishi-Nishi reported: “A large American convoy had been sighted northeast of the Philippines. At Leyte, the Japanese had retired to the hills to await an opportune moment to crush the Americans.” The air was charged with excitement and joyful anticipation as we read the above lines. We expected heavy bombings tomorrow because, childishly,..

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Oct. 20 to 26, 1944

Were daily air raid alarms but no bombings, the Japs are very nervous and it’s dangerous to be caught out of bounds, many have been badly slapped around. Japs trying to force more labor out of us for garden; they allow workers in garden to buy at low prices a small quantity of cigarettes and..

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October 26, 1944

Dr. Shaffer came in looking very young and cheerful. He asked how we all were and said, beaming, "Well, it won't be much longer! If we were in Leyte now, we'd all be free! They've landed! There is even a rumor that there is landing in Aparri but we aren’t sure of this." Jerry says..

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26 October 1944

Still battling Jap air attack attempts - shooting them down as fast as they come within range. Jap planes coming in only one and two at a time. All serious casualties aboard transferred to hospital ship MERCY. One of ship's mess boys "cracked" under heavy war strain and was transferred to MERCY. USS MERCY underway..

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26 October 1944

GQ at 0500, nothing happened. I think they bombed inland on the beach. We secured at 0530. GQ was again sounded at 0600 and the planes came in. We and the ships around shot it down. She didn't have a chance. When the plane hit the water, it sank immediately. Well, everyone was happy then..

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