Carter B. Simpson

Carter B. Simpson

(November 3, 1915 — December 31, 1944), Captain, USMC. Served on Bataan and Corregidor; P.O.W.; perished on the hellship Oryoku Maru.

June 30, 1944

The half year mark finds us still here and still such insignificant pawns in the great game of war that we are subject to every

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July 10, 1944

The camp commander was relieved and a Japanese officer took over — there has also been a large shakeup of the camp organization. What it

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July 23, 1944

A new Japanese C.O. — he seems a man of decision and energy. Many intra-camp transfers of late, putting all Permanent Qtrs., civilians, etc. in

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August 1, 1944

The complete blanket of apathy has settled over the camp — nothing inspires thought, emotions or actions. Would that some good news would come to

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August 7, 1944

The rumored changes did take place, but the bks. Dr. marked both of us “qtrs.” and so, for another month anyway, we will remain where

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August 29, 1944

I think the changes are about over now and that things will remain somewhat stabilized until the policy is changed by Manila, I am still

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September 2, 1944

Another detail left for Japan today — no one was scratched from the list, not even the sick and I think that means that this

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September 8, 1944

Everybody now thinks that this camp has reached its last days — we all feel like the old drama heroine tied to the tracks in

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September 16, 1944

Well, another week has passed and no startling events have been forthcoming. The Japanese C.O. told the American C.O. just why it was necessary to

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September 20, 1944

I suffered another “wound” because of the war. Yesterday I lost a vital tooth. Many times fillings have been broken out because of rocks in

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***September 21, 1944***

Today, Thursday, it happened — we actually saw several hundred American bombers and fighters. It ranks with the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.

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September 22, 1944

Again this morning that heavenly sight which we had awaited so long. Again action in our vicinity as Yanks strafed our little air field. Very

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September 25, 1944

All is not gold that glitters (or the sun has a ring around it) for Japanese have taken surgical equipment from us, almost all of

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September 28, 1944

No sign of those Yank planes again — how we wait for them — waiting is now harder than it ever has been before. It

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October 6, 1944

We can spend nothing but time now — our money is certainly no more good. My pay P 35 will buy 3 cups of corn

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October 10, 1944

The Jap C.O.’s return heralded two details, one included 150 officers and again everyone thinks this camp is being closed out. We are afraid to

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