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. 25 – 41

All Christmas Day was spent in moving our stuff off the boat to our new camp. We had no Christmas dinner.

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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 15, 1942

Marched from K. 111 to K. 81, and got same sugar cane. One fellow was shot. Received food from the Filipinos.

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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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