Claire Phillips

Claire Phillips

(December 2, 1907 – May 22, 1960), her code name was "High Pockets." American-born entertainer, bar owner, and spy for the Allied cause who was awarded the Medal of Freedom.

December 8, 1941

bid A farewell, got car, packed. “A” is her code for [John Vincent] Phillips or for American soldiers, depending on the context.

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December 9, 1941

Bomb Cavite — hit oil tank — big fire & smoke seen in Manila — dog fight Manila bay — sink ships in bay. Bombs

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December 10, 1941

Nicols & Clark field also Ft. McKinley bombed & strafed. Permit to leave city. stall Cav.– road bombed — 7. A arrives-go Pilar-100 stops—no car

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December 13, 1941

Market at Balanga carrotela — 3P — 1K. 30 minutes wonder if trunk in M. safe. Only brought 2 bags with about 3 changes of

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December 15, 1941

see funny sights at town pump out side my window. Natives climb trees to look in at me if I don’t come out. Bombing far

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February 28, 1942

Five more deaths by malaria. Twenty now. All others moved down hill to get away from fever up here. In the three huts we are

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June 4, 1942

[feeling like] the girl in Rebecca,… this is a rich relation’s home, not mine… eating like a pig …everything tastes so good.

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January 30, 1943

Pray to God I can see him. If I don’t see [him] soon I’ll go crazy. Think of him every day. Can’t get him off

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January 23-30, 1943

I don’t know how long I can take this face slapping. Twice tonight… Leg better today. But still swollen. God how I hate them.

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March 24, 1943

…employees think I’m crazy. Don’t understand when I drink to downfall of England and America with finger crossed. Hard to do but must do.

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April 24, 1943

Phil Darling, Father Buttenbruck arrived, said you died July 27. I know it’s not true. I know you wouldn’t leave me. I’ll always wait for

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July 4, 1943

S. weiasil se ason and Cheasik Per son se a sons, a re a sived. Must get Ea sall to theasem Claire helped translate portions

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July 27-29, 1943

…a quiet day gathering money, clothes etc for your remaining friends. That’s the best I could do to commemorate your memory. My only regret is:

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