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Fay Cook Bailey

Fay Cook Bailey

American banker with the National City Bank of New York; interned in Santo Tomas with his family.

December 8-24, 1941

Early news of bombing Pearl Harbor, unbelievable in view of latest negotiations of Japanese representatives in Washington. Later in a.m. reports of bombing in Baguio

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April 1, 1942

Hamiltons’ 13th anniversary. Sam arranged for fried chicken and we had mango ice cream and cake from home, also spinach and sweet potatoes. We gave

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April 2, 1942

The chief sport is scanning the skies. Some air activity indicating that Bataan and Corregidor are still being pressed. I scrambled Miss Buny’s eggs with

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April 4, 1942

A quiet day in the Red Cross office. We hear that the bank will not permit cash withdrawals. There are rumors that the camp will

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April 5, 1942

Easter Sunday. We had a hot meal from home including pie. Falek also sent a pie and Swish some hot cross buns and coffee roll.

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April 6, 1942

Went with T.J. Wolff and [Charles. W.] Franks to Red Cross meeting at headquarters. [Charles H.] Forster not there. Saw Swish and went to keg

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April 7, 1942

Talked economics with Calhoun and Fred in a.m. in Fred’s shack. Meeting of [NCB] staff in evening—more economics. Problems to be met after the war

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April 9, 1942

Rumors are that Bataan is having very heavy fighting. Plenty of bombers headed that way and there seems to be no opposition. It is even

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April 10, 1942

More and more reports of reverses in Bataan but they are unbelievable. Very hot today. Swish talking of coming in because of money but we

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April 11, 1942

Civilians evacuated from a part of Bataan and some Americans came to camp. Laphams with two children, and monkey—telling dire stories. Other reports say Bataan

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April 12, 1942

Trying times with pros and cons on Bataan situation being presented—rumors improve in evening. It is amazing where the reports come from but it is

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April 13, 1942

Heavy bombing to the south yesterday. Tamaraoo [Los Tamaraos]? Calhoun took $60 to loan to Mrs. P. [Prismall] for her British Counsul trip [repatriation]. Doug

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April 14, 1942

Quiet over head. Very Hot. Swish not coming in. Camp Murphy hit this a.m.? Busy time in Cebu. Blood test showed improvement. Leaving other half

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April 15, 1942

Yesterday 99.3 degrees. Wolff went out today. Japanese claim Cebu City in their hands. Corregidor guns demolished. Reports of bombing in various spots. Quiet overhead

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