December 27, 1944

[41] Dec. 27th – No action today - The Japanese are going to cut our ration again - Well, it means just so much more determination - It is no longer possible to fight this fight on the plane of physical life - We must fight it on the spiritual plane - We must do this to survive..

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December 26, 1944

[39] Dec. 26th – The air-raid signal was given at 10:15 A.M. and is still on at 2.00 P.M. - We can hear bombing in the distance - Reports are current that the Japs admit evacuating Corregidor – I doubt not the evacuation but the admission – The man next to me is dying – In part..

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December 24-25, 1944

[35] Dec. 24th – Today, to keep Dorita & the children alive, I purchased from a profiteer 2 lbs margarine. 20 oz. Jam, 1/2 kilo sugar, 1/2 lb honey, & for Dorita 3 3/4 oz coffee - The profiteer charged me $ 500 (!!) payable after the war – Frightful! But I cannot see them starve - If..

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December 23, 1944

[33] Dec. 23rd – Two very exciting happenings today, one wonderful, one very unfortunate. Let's take the wonderful first – This morning about 10:15 18 4-engined bombers & 40 fighters passed over the camp – How very routine that sounds – But it was the most glorious sight I have ever witnessed -The B-24's or B-29's (they are..

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December 22, 1944

[31] Dec. 22nd – This morning the following supplies were brought in from Far Eastern University (War Prisoner Bureau) as a gift from the International Welfare Committee. 800+ pounds of beans, 2 bags of sugar, some rubber shoes & clothing, 49 lbs of chocolate, 1 bag of coffee, some tea, 8 bags calamansis, 15,000 cigars, 8000 cigarettes - The..

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December 21, 1944

[New unnumbered page (30)] Dec. 21st – No news - no action – The Japanese stated today that they might give us some camotes, or more soy bean meal or some gabi to make up for the rice cut - So far they have given us nothing – We use up our last camp reserves on Xmas..

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December 20, 1944

[27] Dec. 20th – No action until this evening when some observation planes flew over – Later there were bombs dropped - Kit rumors stronger – The Japanese cut our rice ration today down to 200 grams net per adult, 100 grams net per child under 10. Making adjustment for the Children, this means 180 grams net per..

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December 19, 1944

[New unnumbered page (26)] Dec. 19th – Still under alert here in camp - no action - Japanese planes are using fields again -Perhaps the bombings on the 14th-15th & 16th were covering for the landings on Polillo & Mindoro (esp. the latter). Have you ever noticed how step by step something will disintegrate (for major reasons) and..

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December 18, 1944

[23] Dec. 18th – One week until Christmas, the worst and at the same time the best we have spent in this camp - It is wonderful what the women are making for the children out of nothing – The camp was just on an alert basis at 10:20 today, after 98 hours of airraid alarm -No siren..

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