Robert G. Davis

Robert G. Davis

Captain, Medical Corps, USN. Commanding officer, Cañacao Naval Hospital, Sangley Point, Cavite which was moved to Sta. Scholastica's College, Manila, until interned by the Japanese on January 2, 1942.

8 Dec ’41

Called at 0345 by Lieut. Comr. Grandfield, War Plans Officer of Cavite Navy Yard, stating that hostilities had begun. Conference on veranda with Executive Officer

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9 Dec. ’41

Awakened at 0300 with heavy bombing of Nichols Field. All alert at the hospital, securing at 0600. Early conference with Commandant regarding transfer of all

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30 Dec. ’41

Heard at noon that the Japanese forces were 12 miles south of the city and we could hear explosions of roads and bridges. No resistance

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31 Dec. ’41

Early A.M. Skies black with smoke from burning of oil supplies. More explosions and ominous signs. Advised all hands to be calm. Remain on compound

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1 Jan. ’42

An ominous New Year. Fires and looting started. High Commissioner Aide phoned all law out of control. Japanese forces to outer city today. Contacted the

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2 Jan. ’42

INTERNED BY JAPS Fires continue. Lighting current off. Fear of refrigeration. Lights on in two hours and great relief. In the afternoon a committee of

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3 Jan. ’42

A Japanese soldier was heard pounding on our closed front gate at 0445. He told us to stay put, we will. At 0745 a Japanese

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4 Jan. ’42

Food conservation necessary and two meals per day, with breakfast at ten AM, and evening meal at five PM. We have no butter. Gave another

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5 Jan. ’42

Quiet day, just waiting. Cars counted and more questions asked. The Hospital is neutralized by the Red Cross but doubt if it means anything to

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6 Jan. ’42

No events today. Body of Koenig left at 1545 through Red Cross to Funeria Nationale [Funeraria Nacional] with Japanese approval. After the long delay with

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7 Jan. ’42

At ten-fifteen inspection of hospital and grounds by several Japanese doctors collecting quinine. Three autos and radios taken. At 1400 the Japanese took over the

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8 Jan. ’42

Several visits and inspections by the Japanese. The best of one committee was a Doctor of Lieut.Comdr. rank of the Japanese Navy, who better understands

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9 Jan. ’42

Complete search by a committee of Medical Officers and all souyenirs ordered to be collected and turned into the Japanese. Major Ota called and asked

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10 Jan. ’42

Costa returned unharmed after questioning. Dr. Omorti, Capt., asked about the cost of.food and medical supplies for one month here, also a list of all

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11 Jan. ’42

Lt. Iwasi Shimizu called for one hour and arranged for Sgt. Wells lip treatment with radium the Philippine General Hospital. Sgt. Wells of the Marine

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12 Jan. ’42

Lieutenant Iwasi Shimizu called and took Sgt. Wells to the Philippine General Hospital for two weeks radium treatment. It was arranged over the phone with

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1 Feb. ’42

Rumors of good news. Mrs. Hobbs, Red Cross representative got in with a Russian Interpreter and brought some magazines and cigarettes. First contact with the

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2 Feb. ’42

Azumo called with Lt. Hamamota head of Japanese supplies for the Navy and asked for medical stores and instruments. Protests resulted in only a few

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3 Feb. ’42

A good night’s sleep, and feel better, but no news. Had a talk this morning with Padre Daughtery over policies, and explained the difference between

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4 Feb. ’42

A quiet night. Spent a while on the roof where we go each evening for observation but all was dark in the neighboring environment. Azume

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5 Feb. ’42

Four loads of Medical Stores taken. Worried over having to divide staff which is against the Geneva Treaty and hope it won’t have to be.

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6 Feb. ’42

Quiet night and some heavy detonations in Bataan and Cavite province. Planes less and we wonder. Finished “Disputed Passage” by Lloyd Douglas. Some linen received

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2 Apr. ’42

No change, full moon last night. Inventory finished. Reading Mary Roberta Rinehart’s “The Album”.

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3 Apr. ’42

Several nine-plane formations about 20,000 feet pouring In on Bataan and Corregidor areas. We have not seen one bit of offensive from American forces since

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4 Apr. ’42

Not so much concentrated bombing activity toward Bataan today. Azuma and Tanaka celled for some supplies for Pasay School camp and said they would investigate

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5 Apr. ’42

A strange Easter Sunday and homesickness magnified. Special dinner arranged today at five PM, with fried chicken and ice cream special order through the welfare

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6 Apr. ’42

The Japanese Pharm. Haraota called to say that tomorrow they would come for a part of the property inventoried starting with the dental unit, X-ray

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7 Apr. ’42

Phar. Haraota with two trucks arrived at nine All to haul away our property. No response from medical officers as expected, so they loaded equipment

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8 Apr. ’42

Active bombing over Bataan. Not all planes return. High flying over Manila at two AM, but no action heard. Feel good news Is In the

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