Harold J. Shrode

Harold J. Shrode

(1906-1992) served as a Private in Corregidor. POW from 1942-45.

November 17, 1941

War is close. We are going to get new identification tags. We call them dog tags because we have them around our necks. Had a

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December 7, 1941

We had to keep on the phone at all times of the night. Don’t get much sleep. War is very close now. Slept till noon

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December 10, 1941

Manila was heavily bombed for one hour this afternoon. Planes were too high for our guns. 20,000 feet. Getting bad here now. Looks bad. Paratroops

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January 9, 1942

Lots of marines here now. No raid today. A barge sank on the shore and the boys found some scotch on it. Some were tight.

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Feb. 28, 1942

Another quiet day except for some artillery fire toward Manila. We do not know but little about what is going on. The folks at home

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March 6, 1942

Little air activity. Short on food. Very hot and dry. Lots of the men on Corregidor have dysentery and scurvy. Officers won’t let us play

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March 11, 1942

Colonel Chase in Malinta Tunnel said not to fire at one plane as it disturbed a General’s family. not true

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March 31, 1942

Raids today and last night as usual. Enemy did not shell us today. I put all my money in the Quartermaster. Very hot.

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April 2, 1942

Raids on Corregidor let up some today. Heavy artillery fire on Bataan. The navy coast patrol gave our battery some pies for our good shooting.

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May 6, 1942

The fall of Corregidor. Was due to go out when they told Captain Shank about the fall of the Rock.

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