24 October 1944

This has been a day I will never forget in all my days. At 0500 enemy planes appeared and were shot at by AA fire, but at 0800, 30 enemy planes were heading our way and all hands went to GQ. They were first sighted by our fighter planes who put at least 5 on..

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October 24, 1944

Air raid alert went at 5:58 a.m. At 7:20 a.m. our planes came over and started bombing before alarm went. Saw eight planes come out of the clouds. Dropped heavy bombs. Air raid over at 9:10 a.m. Air raid alarm again at 10:15 a.m. Bombing around Cavite. No planes over Manila. Raid off at 10:50..

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October 23, 1944 – Monday

Disembarked and went ashore to Tacloban. In front of the Capitol of the province, General MacArthur read the proclamation declaring null and void all laws promulgated by the Japanese and the puppet republic, and replacing those of the Commonwealth. His proclamation was followed by a speech by President Osmeña. At 2 p.m. I returned to..

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October 23, 1944

It's five days since I've last written because I've been too excited. So many happy things have taken place which you've probably heard. They've been very unexpected but certainly most welcome. Well, first there's the landing in Leyte. The consensus was that they would land in Mindanao or perhaps Luzon so Leyte was quite a..

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October 23, 1944

I had a very restful night, and am now improving. John, our cook, is preparing extra food for me as I must gain and “be strong for our ‘boys’ when they arrive!” Coné and the children are well, except Dolly has a cold with a slight fever. No American planes flew over today. Negros was..

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Mon. Oct. 23/44

(Bernice’s birthday) One day last week, Wednesday, I think, we heard a plane coming low over the camp. We looked and saw that smoke was coming from the engine. As it passed over the camp, the engine started to sputter, and in a few seconds the pilot winged over and bailed out. The plane landed..

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23 October 1944

As usual, air raid at 0500 and 1830. This night one BETTY came in on us from the stern straight forward to the bow and so low that it seemed to touch our mast. We did not fire on her. If the forward 40 MM had been told, she surely would have been shot down...

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