Thursday, October 12, 1944

I learned yesterday at noon that I was on an outgoing detail. Although I hate to go, I have been mentally prepared for a long time for this eventuality. The current dope is that everybody able to walk will leave — so why not now? I have had many true friends here who have done many favors for me — …

October 10, 1944

The Jap C.O.’s return heralded two details, one included 150 officers and again everyone thinks this camp is being closed out. We are afraid to believe otherwise — just can’t stand disappointment again. We believe the 400 who left here will join the detail already in Bilibid. I fervently hope there will be no more, but think there will be …

October 6, 1944

We can spend nothing but time now — our money is certainly no more good. My pay P 35 will buy 3 cups of corn or 1/3 of a chicken. Strange sounds make us think the Yanks might have been nearby this noon but we saw them not. First Jap planes in evidence today for some time. My teeth are …

September 28, 1944

No sign of those Yank planes again — how we wait for them — waiting is now harder than it ever has been before. It is the old old story of hopes raised and then dashed again. I had thought that once started on Luzon there would be no cessation of attack until all was cleaned up, but such doesn’t …

September 25, 1944

All is not gold that glitters (or the sun has a ring around it) for Japanese have taken surgical equipment from us, almost all of our bandages (we are out at present) and have cut our rice ration again by 1/3 but supposedly substituted corn and cassava. We made out OK the first day on reduced ration. No planes since …

September 22, 1944

Again this morning that heavenly sight which we had awaited so long. Again action in our vicinity as Yanks strafed our little air field. Very cloudy in P.M. and though we heard some concussions and sounds of many motors often, we did not actually see any planes. Everyone in fine spirits. 0

***September 21, 1944***

Today, Thursday, it happened — we actually saw several hundred American bombers and fighters. It ranks with the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Not only did we see them, but we saw some action just at the edge of camp in which an enemy plane went down. Also the air field about 2.3 km from here was strafed. …

September 20, 1944

I suffered another “wound” because of the war. Yesterday I lost a vital tooth. Many times fillings have been broken out because of rocks in the rice and they cannot be fixed here properly and, as a result, they get a little worse each time until finally extraction is necessary. I fear I shall lose more before all is finished …

September 16, 1944

Well, another week has passed and no startling events have been forthcoming. The Japanese C.O. told the American C.O. just why it was necessary to have everybody work on the farm — simply this, it must support us. Food prices in Luzon are staggering — okra P .60 per pod, eggplant P 1.20 each and meat P 65 per kilo …