David Nash

David Nash

(October 12, 1914 — August 3, 2007). Executive Officer aboard the U.S.S. Mindanao; surrendered on Corregidor, P.O.W. at Bilibid Prison, Davao Penal Colony, and Cabanatuan, then Korea and Manchuria.

April 1, 1942

Wednesday Off Alasasin Pt. I’m getting very lax about my log writing. I’1l have to watch my step or I’ll be falling way behind. First,

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April 2, 1942

Thursday Off Alasasin Pt. We got up a pool today of $300 to be given to the lucky winner when Tokyo is bombed. The man

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April 4, 1942

Saturday Off Alasasin Pt. Another bombless day at Corregidor with the swallows laying eggs over Mariveles in groups of 3,3,5,3,3,3, Finally, late in the afternoon

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April 5, 1942

Sunday Off Alasasin Pt. Happy Easter – and no eggs! Nevertheless, the wish is there. The Easter bunny only laid one egg and that was

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April 6, 1942

Monday Manila Bay I don’t know whether we should call this the Battle of Manila Bay or not. In many respects it was exceedingly unsatisfactory.

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April 7, 1942

Tuesday Off Alasasin Pt. This is another of those quite (not so quiet, at that) days which are rather discouraging. in spite of our high

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April 8, 1942

Wednesday Off Alasasin Pt. This has been a hectic day. It looks like the beginning of the end. The planes get nearer each day and

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April 9, 1942

Thursday Off Alasasin Pt. My, My! What a day! We stood by all night getting ready to get underway. Meanwhile we noticed many fires being

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April 11, 1942

Saturday Ft. Hughes Things were relatively quiet today. The Japs shelled us a little but the bombers left us alone. We spent the most part

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April 12, 1942

Sunday Ft, Hughes I’m still sweaty and smelly. They assure us that our bombers bombed in this area today and the Japanese evening broadcast verified

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April 13, 1942

Monday Ft. Hughes I didn’t think I would fall so far behind in writing this, Three days. This is such a helluva life, though, that

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April 14, 1942

Tuesday Ft. Hughes Nothing much doing today either. Went up to the top of the hill to Battery Gillispie after dinner to look at the

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April 15, 1942

Wednesday Ft. Hughes Rumors today that Tojo had said an American convoy was bound for here to arrive today but that it would find no

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April 16, 1942

Thursday Ft. Hughes Not much to talk about today. We did fire a few more rounds today and had a load of bombs dropped on

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April 17, 1942

Friday Ft. Hughes This morning they bombed us again, killing 2 men and injuring 6. Bombs fell all over the flat end of the island.

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April 18, 1942

Saturday Ft. Hughes This has been one of the quietest days to date. We fired one shot only, and that merely to help adjust one

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April 19, 1942

Sunday Ft. Hughes Today was quiet but not on a par with yesterday. The Japs shelled us for a little while but without apparent damage.

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April 20, 1942

Monday Ft. Hughes Today I did more work than in the past week – I toted stores up the hill – it’s exhausting work. I

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April 21, 1942

Tuesday Ft. Hughes This was a fairly quiet day. I stayed down at the foot of the hill on the Whittler’s beach for the first

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April 22, 1942

Wednesday Ft. Hughes, P.I. Today they assigned me another job. I don’t know how long it will last but I feel that I’m contributing a

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April 23, 1942

Thursday Ft. Hughes, P.I. I can’t bitch about there being nothing going on because as long as that condition exists we’re all right. 18 Jap

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April 24, 1942

Friday Ft. Hughes Today we took our most severe shelling to date. The Japs have apparently moved in about 9″ guns for the purpose of

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April 25, 1942

Saturday Ft. Hughes Boy, do I feel lousy this morning – all day in fact. I have one of the nastiest colds of my career.

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April 26, 1942

Sunday Ft. Hughes The Jeeps gave us an almost reverent Sunday. The high flyers came over during the morning and dropped a few strings on

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April 27, 1942

Monday Ft. Hughes Boy, ain’t that something, The 20th week completed and here we are with no news and no improvement. By way of celebration

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April 28, 1942

Tuesday Ft. Hughes Nothing much doing today. The Jeep dive bombers dropped a few on the east end of the fort and in the evening

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April 29, 1942

Wednesday Ft. Hughes The Jeeps held reveille for us on this the Emperor’s birthday. Was aroused at 0730 by the shaking and commotion consequent to

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April 30, 1942

Thursday Ft. Hughes The Jap dive bombers didn’t hold revielle but they did the next thing to it——-they interrupted breakfast. They were 15 minutes late

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May 1, 1942

Friday Ft. Hughes I learned upon my arrival at breakfast, that the Captain and I had received orders during the night detaching him and directing

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