December 17, 1944

[21] Dec. 17th – The air-raid signal continued in force all last night and today (30 hours now) - But we have had no bombing since 5:30 yesterday afternoon (almost 24 hours). However, observation planes have been over - Rumors of a landing or landings on the mainland of Luzon persist. I came across a description in Conrad's..

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December 16, 1944

[19] Dec. 16th – Bombing all last night and today! Same type of bombing and strafing - aim-immobilization. The Japanese papers today reported bloody fighting on the island of Polillo only a few miles off the Eastern coast of Luzon – There are rumors of landings on Luzon itself. Also reports of Japanese troops streaming back into Manila minus..

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December 15, 1944

[New unnumbered page (18)] Dec. 15th – The air-raid alarm has been on since 8:00 am Dec 14th – Today we had the same type of bombing as yesterday - but heavier - Everything being kept from moving. There are reports of landings, but we are not going off the deep end too soon this time –..

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December 14, 1944

[17] Dec. 14th – Air raid! the first since November 25th - And an unusual type of raid - 8-10 planes over Manila all the time - Bombing and strafing, but apparently with the object, of preventing planes from coming up, transportation from functioning and troops from moving. Let's hope there is a landing - it looks that..

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December 13, 1944

[New unnumbered page (16)] Dec. 13th – No news today - But kit rumors still persist - Jaques Maritain's "True Humanism" becomes more and more interesting – I know the answer to Bertrand Russell. I should have known it all the time: man is not merely his natural self, but a supernatural person - And the mystery for..

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December 8-12, 1944

[New unnumbered page (12)] Dec. 8th – Dec. 12th – In bed almost all the time during these 5 days - down to 100 pounds - The whole camp is getting weaker - the people look like disembodied spirits – Very little news of the war - Apparently fighting is still going on in Leyte - We are..

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December 7, 1944

[New unnumbered page (10)] Dec. 7th – Dorita's birthday - Blackout restrictions made even more stringent - The Japs seem to be expecting something – To-morrow is the 3rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor - We are hoping - Today the Japanese told us that they were taking 2/3 of the second floor of the Education..

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December 6, 1944

[9] December 6th – Total blackout ordered for the camp - What's up? Today, the Japanese said that they would bring into camp 150-200 kilos of freshly pressed soy bean meal per day - On the other hand, our cooking oil rations would be cut from 34 to 17 kilos per day, and our salt..

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December 5, 1944

[7] Dec. 5th – 150 persons, almost all over fifty years of age, left, for Los Baños at 2:30 A.M. today – I'll believe all these reports about relief supplies, when they arrive in camp. I put Hamlet aside for a few days - and am reading “Coriolanus.” - The two had one thing in..

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