Skip to content

November 4, 1944

Altho woolen clothes were issued to the three groups of the draft yesterday, there is still no date of departure set. I requested that Com Hayes and his party move out of officer’s quarters and turn them over to my staff. This was somewhat embarrassing as no offer had been made. It was satisfactory with the Commander, altho several of his officers seemed to resent the move. When army equipment was brought here in 1942, the navy said this was Japanese property. But they resented that, when I said the same about beds, mattresses, etc. I moved them into Bldg. #5 which gave all of their junior officers a bunk and a mattress, while many Lt Cols of the army are still on the concrete.

Dr. Nogi called us in the afternoon for a conference and signing of the inventory. At that time I gave him a letter from Mr. Graybeal, a RC worker, who wishes to be sent to Santo Tomas.

Com Warner P. Portz had no comment to make about the mess, altho many others are still critical, all rumor and no fact to date. It is just a question of hunger. We are allowed 300 gms a day of grain (corn & rice). Last month it averaged 278 gms per man because the sacks weighed in short. At times small duty parties receive camotes from the Japanese and these are “quanned” about the compound, and immediately it is assumed they were “strafed” from the mess.