23 December 1944

Repeated protests to the Japanese authorities that several men who had been injured during the sinking, and some affected with diseases for which we had no medication would surely die if they were not transferred to the Military Prison Hospital in Manila, resulted in an order that we were to select from our group seven of the sickest and most severely wounded and they could be transferred to Bilibid. After consultation, seven of the sickest men were selected and transferred. Among them was Edison of the Coast Artillery. We still received two meals of cooked rice daily brought in by the Japanese in the morning and in the afternoon. We have been told to organize a cooking detail in order to be issued uncooked rice. Colonel Happer of the FA died last night. From what we can hear, the Philippines are under constant air attack and although we have seen no planes from the sound they are land base bombs.