Jacob Cuznar

Jacob Cuznar

(July 17, 1881 — September 21, 1965), Slovenian soldier in the U.S. Army, served two tours of duty in the Philippines.

August 5, 1909

On the 5th of August 1909, 3 entire infantry regiments went with the transport steamboat Bufort to the Philippine Islands, woke up at 5 o’clock,

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August 7, 1909

On the 7th of August no dry land was visible anymore. The weather was cold, rainy and foggy, the sea stormy, I was seasick.

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August 9, 1909

On the 9th of August, we travelled all day in a northerly direction, and along the Canadian islands of Vancouver, we looked at the snow

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August 11, 1909

On the middle of August 11th, we noticed the Aleutian Islands. They held physical exercises on deck each day for half an hour. Every day

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August 12-13, 1909

On the 12th and 13th of August there was terrible storm, I shall never forget the majestic waves, how it played with our very large

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August 14-15, 1909

On Saturday, the 14th of August at 9:00 in the morning, we passed over the line where the west stopped and the east began. We

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August 23, 1909

On the 23rd of August at 5:00, I noticed a small mountainous island that belonged to Japan, and at 8:00 noticed a big sailing ship.

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August 27, 1909

On Friday the 27th of August, at 6:00 in the morning, just as we were getting up, the captain of the ship noticed a life

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August 28, 1909

On Saturday the 28th of August, we turned in a southerly direction and sailed directly toward the south, by the coast of a splendidly green

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August 29, 1909

In the early morning of Sunday, the 29th of August, we sailed through the Corregidor Islands and Sailed into the large Manila Bay. We soon

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August 30, 1909

On Monday, the 30th of August, our captain ordered that we all had to stay on board as punishment. In the afternoon at 4 o’clock

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September 3, 1909

We remained here for the whole day and overnight, and on Friday the 3 of September, and at 5 o’clock in the morning, once again

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February 12, 1910

Life had begun on the Philippine islands. The climate was quite pleasant for me. The native Moros, of Muslim faith, were hateful of the Americans,

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March 9, 1910

In the month of March shooting drills began. On the 9th of March a Moro rode in on a horse and badly wounded Corporal Swanson

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July 24, 1910

On the 24th of July an unexpected command arrived, that our regiment was to sail further on steamboat Samar, we stocked up foodstuffs for several

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July 25, 1910

I woke up in the morning at 5, had breakfast and soon noticed the Bongao Islands in the distance. The Bongao Islands are the most

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July 26-28, 1910

The most beautiful part of my life in the Army had begun. On the 26th of July in the evening we went crocodile hunting, our

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July 29, 1910

On the 29th of July we went for ship, it was evening and getting dark when we reached the open seas and a storm arose.

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July 30-31, 1910

Each day I marvelled at the sea, clear as a spring water. Until now I had never seen such nice clean sea water, the beautiful

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August 12-13, 1910

On the 12th of August, Sergeant Hartman shot a dog, rowed with him into Crocodile River, tied the boat to a tree with a strong

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September 10, 1910

On the 10th of September, I shot at a number of crocodiles near the barracks. On the afternoon of this same day, the Banger steamboat

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September 11, 1910

On the 11th of September in the morning, we arrived at Liaise island, stopped here for two hours, at four o’clock sailed on, arrived at

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February 9-12, 1911

On the 9th of February, I went with Sergeant Barbin to Zamboanga on Mindanao island to the Moro exhibition, returned to Jolo on Saturday evening

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April 16-18, 1911

In the month of March I had shooting drills and made the grade of “Marksman” and “Sharpshooter.” On Easter, the 16th of April, Lieutenant Radney

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April 24, 1911

On the 24th of April, General Pershing came unannounced and the next morning at 3 o’clock took all the army on an expedition over the

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