Day 16, 7 Oct. 1945

0930 Service... 450 att. Rosary. 85... 1045 We saw LAND to Starboard. Land about 55 miles away. looked awfully good after not seeing any since leaving Farllone [Farallon] Islands. 1430 ...Observed WORLD WIDE COMMUNION. 125 att. and all partook. Lovely service; the weather was perfect and sea calm... (Intincture method)... hit a reef during prayer..

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2-Oct.-45

One sees rice fields at various places around here, but this isn’t the main rice producing section of the Philippines. They grow many of the crops here that we grow in the States. Corn is grown during the same season that we grow ours. Rice growing in the fields looks a lot like wheat in..

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28-Sept-45

We disembarked from the ship this a.m. at 1000 by a landing barge. Trucks picked us up as soon as we got ashore and brought us out to a medical replacement center a few miles from Manila. We sleep in ward tents and the food here is really very poor. It also gets quite muddy..

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27-Sept-45

This morning at around 0700 we pulled into Manila Harbor and dropped anchor some distance from shore. Toward evening at around 1700 we pulled anchor again and started to move closer to shore, but traveled very slowly. At 2030 our ship pulled up to a sunken Jap. ship not too far from shore and tied..

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26-Sept.-45

Have been sailing within the sight of land all day. All of the islands that we are passing through are all a part of the Philippines and all that we’ve seen today are all small ones. So far all of them that we’ve seen are almost entirely mountains and they don’t look as if they..

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