Anonymous American POW

Anonymous American POW

From names mentioned in the entries, it seems the author was an officer, a Catholic, and had the nickname, “Mac”. The names of certain American officers suggests, in turn, the possibility that the diary dates from the period that American P.O.W.s were incarcerated in Camp Casisang in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

August 26 Wednesday 1942

Today in general was a depressing day due to heavy rains. I concentrated on studying the “Jesuit Code of Liberal Education” and “The new Deal”

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August 28 Friday 1942

A quiet day. Rains still in abundance. Rumors are persistent that Davao has been bombed. Also a rumor is circulating that the Nips are going

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August 29 Saturday 1942

Pursuant to Chastaine’s instructions, we work this morning for an hour and a half cutting grass. Personally I don’t mind this work as it is

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Sept. 5, Saturday 1942

Spent the morning the getting the data.for the General. Took it down this afternoon. He was satisfied. Said goodbye to him at the same time.

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Sept. 6 Sunday 1942

  Went to mass early this morning before breakfast. Around nine thirty, George came in and told me that the colonels and generals were leaving

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Sept. 7, 1942 — Monday

Labor day in a prison camp. At breakfast Lewis announced that hereafter the calisthenics will be at 8:30 each morning. He also announce the end

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Sept. 8, 1942 Tuesday

Calisthenics held this morning at 8330: The instructor was more concerned with form than with giving fifteen minutes of good exercise. There should be less

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Sept. 10 Thursday 1942

Calesthenics were much more satisfactory this morning. Breitling was in charge. His exercises were the first that I could call of any value. Nelson was

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