Herman K. Beaber

Herman K. Beaber

(1907 -- 2001) American Protestant missionary; interned at Santo Tomas and Los Baños.

December 7-8, 1941

Events Just Preceding 1942 Sunday, the seventh of December, being the first Sunday of month, was Union Sunday. Willie was at Cavite, and I was

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Tues. Dec. 9/41

Nothing of importance occurred. We boys did a lot of walking around to see the different friends, and we got news of Japanese attacks on

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Wed. Dec. 10/41

We decided to go to Pinagkaisahan and Guadalupe to see the friends and try to encourage them, as we know that most of the men

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Thur. Dec. 11/41

The streets and roads leading out of the city were choked with people leaving. Some were in trucks; taxis, caratelas, calesas and some were just

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Fri. Dec. 12/41

I went to Pinagkaisahan, and Cecil went to town to see if there was any mail. I got back all right, but Cecil got caught

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Sat. Dec. 13/41

The news this morning was to the effect that more than a hundred planes came over central Luzon yesterday and attacked several military objectives. Eleven

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Sun. Dec. 14/41

Had an air-raid warning during the night, one at daybreak and another just as I was getting ready to leave for Pasay. The all clear

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Mon. Dec. 15/41

No raids last night, and we got a good rest. Small news dispatch coming from America admits that the damage to the fleet at Hawaii

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Tues. Dec. 16/41

Cecil goes to market, and I go to Pinagkaisahan to see the folks there. They are to be evacuated by the Red Cross, as it

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Wed. Dec. 17/41

Things are quiet. Filipino soldier came in yesterday to make sure we were not spies. We went to bed early, as it is impossible to

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Fri. Dec. 19/41

No raids last night! People are getting used to this life a little, and we see a few more peddlers around in the mornings and

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Sat. Dec. 20/41

Had a quiet night. The enemy does not appear to like to bomb at night. Japanese landed on Victoria Island. (Hong Kong) Nothing new from

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Sun. Dec. 21/41

Off to Pinagkaisahan, but find that every one of our friends have left. Return to Manila in time for the Meeting with Cecil and the

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Mon. Dec. 22/41

Air raid at seven a.m. but it was short. Go to town to send a radiogram to Jack. Leo comes over to eat dinner with

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Tues. Dec. 23/41

Leo and I go to town to register at the Consulate’s office. Got caught in a raid and stayed in the Elk’s club. Heavy fighting

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Wed. Dec. 24/41

Cecil and I go to Pasay to talk things over with the other boys. Decide to move back to F. Fernando, as no use to

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Thur. Dec. 25/41

Christmas Day. We do not feel like eating much breakfast. News is that the invaders are coming in on two or three sides, but our

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Fri. Dec. 26/41

Had a quiet night except for the dogs. Cecil thought they were bad over on Rubi Street, but I think they are worse here. Air

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Sat. Dec. 27/41

Cecil and I go to town to do a little business, and get home before the raid starts. Again they bomb the piers. Yesterday most

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Sun. Dec. 28/41

Leo and I go to the Polo Club to attend a meeting at 8:30 a.m. of all the American men here in Pasay. Discussed a

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Mon. Dec. 29/41

Manila pronounced an open city, but still the Port Area and other places were bombed yesterday. Blackout was done away with last night. The north

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Tues. Dec. 30/41

Again we are assured that naval help is coming. But how or when we do not know. Corregidor was bombed for two hours yesterday. No

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Wed. Dec. 31/41

Bombing raids on the city have ceased. Baguio is taken, and Americans there are interned. Ernest and I had a nice meeting at San Andres.

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Thur. Jan. 1 1942

As Ernest and I were walking to Misos last evening for the meeting there, the sky was dark and foreboding with heavy clouds rolling up

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Fri. Jan. 2/42

Stay pretty close to home, as we do not want to get caught on the street when the army comes in. The looting is terrible!

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Sat. Jan. 3/42

Mr. Misos and Mr. Cruz came over to see us, as they know we must stay close to home. They tell us that looting still

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Sun. Jan. 4/42

We stay home for Meeting, as we do not like to get too far away from the house. Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez are still here

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Mon. Jan. 5/42

We stay home. Hear definitely that the Americans and British are being taken into concentration camps. What is in store for us? We pack a

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Tues. Jan. 6/42

I phoned several places to try to find out what is expected of us. The city is still in confusion. No one is supposed to

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