About the author: Stephen Michael Mellnik (November 22, 1907 — January 1, 1994) U.S. Army officer in the Coast Artillery; captured on Corregidor, subsequently P.O.W. in various camps until his daring escape with nine others from Davao Penal Colony on April 4, 1943, the only successful P.O.W. escape in the Philippines. After a period with guerrillas, in July 9, 1943, transported to Australia by submarine.
About the diary: Published as Philippine diary, 1939-1945, by Mellnik, Stephen M., (Stephen Michael), 1907-; New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, 1969, the Philippine Diary Project has only used those entries reproduced specifically as diary entries in the book.