Thomas H. Hayes

Thomas H. Hayes

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy; imprisoned in Bilibid Prison, Manila from July 2, 1942 until December 13, 1944; became chief surgeon in in October, 1943. Perished on the prison ship Oryoku Maru in 1945.

July 4, 1942

A walk thru the length of the wards, each holding about eighty cadaverous animals that once were men, is one of the most desperate, heartrending sights

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July 28, 1942

Eight big truck loads…. It was the last of the [work detail]…. Two lasted long enough for us to lay them out on stretchers under a

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July 30, 1942

All day rain. Raw damp & cold. Held a council meeting tonight. Things look a little desperate. Information from the outside plainly indicates food becoming

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August 24, 1942

Our dysenteries and beriberis still die. We have improved the general mass of the sick but even at best, with our supplementary [food bought from

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January 2, 1943

We stand bango long before day break…I am reminded that this is 1943, and as I recall, the year Mr. Churchill had decided upon as

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