Aug. 16, 1944

I am in today because of a cold. At present I am in Magill’s Chapter room’ so he calls it. It consists of the back end of the cat walk and is large enough to slip a small tables & chair in beside the bunk. The bed buts are furious. How ever it is a nice little place considering and …

Aug. 14, 1944

At noon Aug. 11,1944 a very unfortunate incident occurred in the rear of Bks 15 Group II. Lt. Robert [Hughcutt ] of Bks 36 Group I was working in his garden which is near theguard path. The guard in the tower leveled down and shot him at a distance of not more than 75 ft. He shot again and of …

Aug. 11, 1944

Has been raining hard ever since early this morning consequently wood detail did not go out. A guy dont care much because it just means less food. We get a workers ration which only amounts to an ear of corn. but it means a lot to us as hungry as we are and we only get it if we put …

August 7, 1944

The rumored changes did take place, but the bks. Dr. marked both of us “qtrs.” and so, for another month anyway, we will remain where we are. The food situation has now reached a definitely critical stage — we were cut 100 gms of rice which was to be made up by 100 gms of corn, but so far we …

August 1, 1944

The complete blanket of apathy has settled over the camp — nothing inspires thought, emotions or actions. Would that some good news would come to us to revive falling spirits and low morale. Of those three great virtues faith, hope, charity, only one remains in most of us and that one is hope. When, and if, we lose that we …

July 23, 1944

A new Japanese C.O. — he seems a man of decision and energy. Many intra-camp transfers of late, putting all Permanent Qtrs., civilians, etc. in one company. In here we have Army, Navy and Marines. A large detail left for Japan recently — if one must go now is a good time for one can get used to cold weather …

July 10, 1944

The camp commander was relieved and a Japanese officer took over — there has also been a large shakeup of the camp organization. What it portends we do not know — the result so far has been toward a loss of control by American officers. We also hear it rumored that all officers are to be segregated and that there …

July 6, 1944

Yesterday, July 5, of course was a very important date/ My 3rd wedding anniversary wasn’t much I could, do about it. but on the 4th we killed Brahma (Indian Cattle) on the wood detail, and I was able to get the wood mims all the meat and brains. Phil and I cooked it the whole night and it make a …

June 30, 1944

The half year mark finds us still here and still such insignificant pawns in the great game of war that we are subject to every whim of our captors. Our situation is really quite hopeless for we mean nothing to our captors and as far as our countrymen are concerned we must be long since lost on an ever-growing casualty …