Denny Williams

Denny Williams

(July 28, 1907 — April 27, 1997), American nurse-anesthetist. Served in Bataan and Corregidor; P.O.W. in Santo Tomas.

December 8, 1941

I can’t believe what I’m told and know! Mrs. Roesholm called me at 7:30 a.m. and said, “The Japanese have bombed Honolulu”. That was the

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December 10, 1941

We worked and worked and still more casualties came. This is awful! Many officers and soldiers are without arms and without Legs; now I know

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December 13, 1941

Bill came home today from Paracale. He had a hectic trip; he traveled by train in a total blackout last night. I believe he thinks

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December 18,1941

Bill went into the Army today. We didn’t discuss his decision; he knows what he wants, and I shall not voice an opinion. Many other

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December 24, 1941

During an air raid Bill and I went after an adorable puppy. She is an Australian bulldog; in my opinion the name “Lady” will suit

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December 25, 1941

It is now 1 p.m. What a Christmas! With a multitude of patients, Sternberg Hospital was in a turmoil this morning; trucks and trucks of

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December 26, 1941

Bill came by. this afternoon; he leaves tonight for Bataan. I tried not to cry, but I couldn’t help it. When he went out the

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January 1, 1942

After having escaped from the Japanese in Manila, we are practically free lancing here on Bataan; it is certainly a case of the survival of

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January 1, 1942

A Japanese observation plane, known as Photo Joe, paid us an early morning call.Evidently he photographed several trucks, cars and a some Filipino troops concentrated

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January 3, 1942

We are now iiving on the river bank in a bamboo hut. We cook on a charcoal stove and use our hut only for our

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January 8, 1942

I have been so busy the past few days in our bamboo but that I have neglected my diary. We, the Lapham family and I,

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January 10, 1942

Colonel Craig sent for me to come and work here; I’m to give anesthetics at Hospital #2. I’m happy as I feel I’m doing something

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February 14, 1942

We are working like demons… Casualties from bombings and patients with malaria and dysentery are admitted in large numbers daily. food is very scant; but

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April 1, 1942

Edith Shacklette, know as Shack to her intimate friends, phoned me this afternoon and said, “You have a package here; I think it is something

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April 2, 1942

Captain Burge brought me the package this afternoon; as I thought it is from Florence. The contents are a beautiful fruit cake and some delicious

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April 8, 1942

The enemy’s front lines are practically at our back door. I took my bath late this afternoon at the ravine, and a large piece of

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April 9, 1942

During an air raid, we arrived here on Corregidor at noon. There are One hundred ten of us from the two Bataan Hospitals; ninety of

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April 10, 1942

This lateral has about thirty bunks that were prepared for some of the Bataan nurses. Having to share bunks is only for a few days

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April 20, 1942

I was told a few days ago that some magazine in the States wanted an article of the nurses escape from Bataan; and that it

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April 24, 1942

I’m on duty in the operating room and we are kept busy with the casualties from the bombing and shelling. We do not use linen

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April 29, 1942

Twenty nurses left on two sea planes tonight. They probably will go to Australia. I’m glad that I”m not going for I’ll probably see Bill

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May 3, 1942

A submarine left tonight taking twelve nurses. One of my best friends left on it; she will write to my family, also to Bill’s sister.

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May 6, 1942

Today I went out in the main tunnel just before the surrender; it was packed with dirty, hungry and exhausted men. Some asked for water;

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June 25, 1942

We moved out of that hellhole of Malinta Tunnel today. We are now at the badly bombed Topside hospital. It has been simply heavenly to

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June 27, 1942

Phooey on my luck, I have a honey of a case of dengue and believe it’s high time to make out my last will and

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July 1, 1942

Happy, happy day! The Japanese commandant issued orders this morning that the hospital unit, composed of doctors, nurses, corps men, and patients, was to be

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July 2, 1942

What a night! Last evening most of us Fil-Americans untied our bunk rolls and put up ow mosquito nets. The Filipino nurses however, did not

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