November 21, 1944

Poor Jerry, he will collapse when it is over and he can let down the strain. He says when he has a pain there, he doesn’t know whether it is his back or his stomach. Up topside, they have all been on starvation diet for weeks. The Formosans asked the wood crew today why they..

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November 19, 1941

As usual, Sakashita was barking drill orders in what is known in camp parlance as the Daily Puke. One of the English girls has taken to pipe smoking as there are no more cigarettes or paper, only strong leaf tabaccy which has to be tempered with guava leaf. Most smokers will do anything for a..

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November 17, 1944

Minutes, with the Commandant, November 14: Mr. Yamato also present, but Miss McKim interpreting. "The Command asked us to proceed with the matters we had for discussion. First, we asked whether he had approved of the trip which we requested for two patients and two doctors to town hospital for X-rays. He said, 'Yes, they..

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November 16, 1944

I went topside for the first time in two months and half. It seemed strange and I was greeted like Rip Van Winkle. While I was walking, for the first time in three years I saw the red, white and blue! A plane came suddenly over the hill, passing over us quite low so that..

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November 15, 1944

Rumor says that Yamato has admitted that Roosevelt is elected. Don was working in the garden near the road when several Filipino boys passed by and one threw over his shoulder, "The Marines have landed, Sir." Whether he meant Leyte or Luzon, we do not know, but they all know it, think we should too...

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November 14, 1944

Last night the guards all gathered on the road without any fear of traffic, below the high bank at the hospital, Here under a sort of cheerleader they shouted and roared rhythmic calls or cheers across the wide valley. It sounded like many voices, echoing and reechoing, They kept it up for half an hour..

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November 13, 1944

The mountains are beautiful Nature quickly covers all ravage of the storm. Yellow green terraces nestle in blue canyons. The sun pours down. Trinidad and other gardens are washed out and nothing coming in. Only ten minutes of visiting hour was left when Jerry came down so tired that he couldn't connect his thoughts or..

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November 12, 1944

The Committee ruled that camote water is community property and can no longer be boiled down into syrup exclusively for the kitchen staff. Jerry says it is an important point that the garbage from the guardhouse kitchen for forty guards has fattened their sow and six piglets, while the leftovers from garbage of 460 internces..

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November 11, 1944

Armistice Day, but a mockery a now. There was heavy fog which cleared suddenly and revealed glorious blue sky with soft clouds, golden sun, air as heady as wine, the mountains unmoved by all the beating of elements—etched sharp and clear in blue line against the sky, terraces washed clean showing green sprouts still growing,..

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