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.

December 8-18, 1941

WAR 1941 – ? Olongapo December 8, 1941 Arrived Cavite December 9, 1941Cavite Bombed December 10, 1941 OLONGAPO – BINACAYAN It will be extremely difficult

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December 19, 1941

DECEMBER 19, 1941 TO NAVY YARD, CAVITE In those early days of the war, there was but little harsh reality — we did not know

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December 21-23, 1941

On reporting for duty on December 21, 1941 we discovered that the SOP did not have advance information of our coming and did not know

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December 24-31, 1941

The next day, December 24, we moved to the Mariveles cutoff and there bivouacked. We were awaiting the arrival of our AA guns. Christmas Day

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January 1-19, 1942

For quite a few days between firings we collected equipment by the beg-borrow-steal method, and finally we had what we thought necessary for any eventuality.

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January 20-29, 1942

The first two days were spent in recruit fundamentals as well as camp building. We issued an order that these men were not to leave

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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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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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