June 15, 1944

There has been trouble in Barotac Nuevo. On June 13 was the town fiesta in Barotac and many people had gathered to celebrate. The guerrillas came down from the hills and killed five Japanese out of the six stationed in the town. The people, fearing that the Japanese would retaliate started to flee, but the..

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February 23, 1943

All has been quiet in our vicinity, but in a barrio near Barotac Nuevo the Japanese machine gunned. The Filipino guerrillas have received an order from Gen. Fortig to stop guerilla warfare. Gen. Fortig is one of the American generals who did not surrender to the Japanese and was hiding on the island of Mindanao...

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February 13, 1943

Today the silence has been broken by the sound of cannon fire coming from the direction of Barotac Nuevo. A relative of Coné (Lt. Hortillosa) came to see us. He brought the news that he had met with someone who had seen Coné before Christmas at the La Paz market place and he was looking well...

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February 9, 1943

Yesterday was quiet. John returned from another trip to the farm in Barotac Nuevo. He said that everything is normal there. Agustin is staying on the farm taking care of things and many of the tenants have returned to their homes. I received a letter from Maring (through John) and she said that the Japanese..

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December 19, 1942

This morning we had a bad fright, and remained most of the morning in the shelter. Yesterday morning, about 3:00 a.m. the Japanese entered the town of Barotac Nuevo and by daybreak the planes began bombing the surrounding barrios and the sugar central, as well as the main roads. We could see all this very..

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December 11, 1942

For the last three days the Japanese have been bombing our soldiers near Dinglé and Barotac Nuevo. The enemy says, “they will clean up our ‘bandits’.” That’s what they call the Filipino soldiers. The Japanese continue to advance while our soldiers must retreat. I have been told by a soldier that the Japanese are machine..

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