Leo Arhutick

Leo Arhutick

(July 4, 1919 — July 29, 2009?). Corporal, 17th Pursuit Squadron, Nichols Field. P.O.W. in Japan, 1942-1945.

December 8, 1941

Without me knowing Japan declared war on the U. S. A. Hawaii was bombed. Over the radio on Monday morning at 6 – AM we

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Dec. 10 – 41

At 11:40 A. M., Nichols was bombed and dive-bombed by the Japs. I’d just finished coming through the chow-line, when I heard planes diving. Our

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Dec. 15 – 41

Been working practically day and night, and got the day off today. Went to Manila, overnight, and got tight and had a good time.

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Dec. 24 – 41

Evacuated Nichols at 1 – AM today. Been driving the station-wagon all day. Nielson and Nichols destroyed by our own men, with all supplies. All

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Dec. 26 – 41

Spent from noon till after midnight moving equipment to Del Pilar. I drove the truck for twelve hours straight, and when we made camp, I

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Jan. 15 – 42

Moved back to Cabcabbin [Cabcaben] Field. Being bombed and strafed by the Japs everyday. No rest for the wicked.

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Feb. 2 — 42

Going on three day rest today. Moving all our equipment with us, and the Filipino Army are taking over our position.

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Feb. 4 — 42

We’re off again, with only two days rest. Supposed to be 50 Japs made a landing at Sasiam Lake. We packed up bag and baggage,

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Feb. 5 — 42

We advanced our line at dawn. I was in the left flank. We advanced to within a kilometer of the beach, when we were ambushed

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Feb. 6 — 42

Next morning, we had a sandwich, and coffee. Artillery from Corregidor opened upon the beach. At 2:30 we advanced again, only to be stopped. We

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Feb. 7 — 42

Artillery again pounded the beach for hours. Meantime the 45th and 57th Filipino Scouts reinforced us. We advanced again, and at two pts we were

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Feb. 8 — 42

We surrounded the Japs into two groups right down on the beach. We gave them a chance to surrender, but it was refused. My outfit

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Feb. 15 — 42

Two air planes (Japs) came over early this afternoon and laid a smoke screen, which the trapped enemy came through. A lot of them broke

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Feb. 24 — 42

After 19 days we finally cleaned that beach up. There were two thousand casualties there, of which one was a German N.C.O. and two Japanese

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Feb. 28 — 42

After a few days in rest camp we went on beach duty back of Marveilles [Mariveles]. It was rough getting our supplies in there because

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April 9, 1942

The day of surrender. The first we knew of the surrender, was shortly after 2’oclock. We received orders to:destroy our guns and positions, which we

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April 10, 1942

We were told to march to Sen Fernando, some 120 k. away. That trip is a nightmare. I started out with the rest of the

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April 13-14, 1942

I just got through Cabcabaun [Cabcaben], when Corregidor opened fire on the Japanese there. Some of our own men where killed there in the artillery

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April 16, 1942

Finally arrived at San Fernando. My feet were sore. Shoes all worn out, and I was so weak, I couldn’t have gone much farther. It

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April 19, 1942

Left Sen Fernando at 9 o’clock this morning, by train. On our way to Conception, Tarlac, where Camp O’Donnell was at. At all the stations,

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April 20 ,1942

We’re put into companies, and bedded dow in old bamboo barracks, full of lice and bugs. Fed sweet potatoes, and margerine, three times a day.

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May 13, 1942

Left on truck driving detail today. Before I left, I won 475 pesos and a 15 jewel Hamilton wrist watch. All I had left, when

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