Wendell Fertig

Wendell Fertig

December 16, 1900 – March 24, 1975). American mining engineer, reserve officer, and guerrilla leader in Mindanao.

October 6-7, 1943

Pendatun continued to make trouble by underhand tactics. The Bukidnon civilians finally petitioned Bowler to get Pendatun out of the province. This justifies my previous

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November 15, 1943

The expected sight brought us relief – the largest sub in the world. Enroute to the pier, we grounded but by blowing down the aft

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August 5, 1944

The food situation is extremely critical. If we are not run out of here, we have enough fuel for 80 days. There is only food

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October 20, 1944

MacArthur radioed that we should do everything to prevent Nips moving toward Surigao. We also began limited offensive action against all Nip garrisons.

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October 28, 1944

My own opinion is that the land fighting, at no time, has been as serious as communiquéswould make you believe.

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November 15, 1944

Burned up this afternoon as Sidney Rodgers of San Francisco reported that one Filipino Guerrilla leader from a neighboring island reported that his 1000 men

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November 22, 1944

It appears Sixth Army has decided to let me continue the fight here with few supplies. Personally, I don’t likethe news because I intend to

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December 6, 1944

A new group of radio and radar sent to Panay and to establish contact with E71. They are sending their messages thru us. GHQ seems

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December 12, 1944

I did not approve of other units sending penetration parties into my area or have strangers gather info for they talked only with civilians and

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December 26, 1944

The battle of Leyte is reduced to mopping up campaigns. The 77th landed at Pomopolan to close the last part in Nip hands. Figures indicate

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January 1, 1945

Our New Year’s had a touch of sadness. Our trials has brought us close together ad this is the last New Year together. For us

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January 5, 1945

Eichelberger promised action on serial targets for us and I advised that Surigao and Agusan are primary targets.

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January 8, 1945

Unless we get help or at least heavy air support we will lose the Augusan Coast. I have done all I could to get the

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January 29, 1945

Col. Chaffee of Col. Whitney’s section arrived on the plane,. He was most agreeable but extremely uninformed about Mindanao. He did not know what areas

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February 3, 1945

[Met Willloughby]. He broke the news that I should be under 8th Army in the near future and arranged that I should have lunch with

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February 4, 1945

[Met Gen. Stivers] I was given the key to the city. He took me over to the G-1 Section who is directly concerned with clearing

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February 24, 1945

The opportunity was past my greatest expectations. Both General Eichelberger and his staff lived up to my high hopes. Paul Cranston, feature writer for the

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March 10, 1945

The main body of Japs are in the walled city and have taken many civilians with them. These have butchered ruthlessly.

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