2-Oct.-45

One sees rice fields at various places around here, but this isn’t the main rice producing section of the Philippines. They grow many of the crops here that we grow in the States. Corn is grown during the same season that we grow ours. Rice growing in the fields looks a lot like wheat in its green stage and when …

28-Sept-45

We disembarked from the ship this a.m. at 1000 by a landing barge. Trucks picked us up as soon as we got ashore and brought us out to a medical replacement center a few miles from Manila. We sleep in ward tents and the food here is really very poor. It also gets quite muddy around here when it rains …

27-Sept-45

This morning at around 0700 we pulled into Manila Harbor and dropped anchor some distance from shore. Toward evening at around 1700 we pulled anchor again and started to move closer to shore, but traveled very slowly. At 2030 our ship pulled up to a sunken Jap. ship not too far from shore and tied up to it. There are …

26-Sept.-45

Have been sailing within the sight of land all day. All of the islands that we are passing through are all a part of the Philippines and all that we’ve seen today are all small ones. So far all of them that we’ve seen are almost entirely mountains and they don’t look as if they are thickly populated. 0

25-Sept.-45

At 10:30 this a.m. the patients that we had aboard were unloaded. I believe that there was a 150 of them. At 1630 we took aboard ship around 80 passengers of some hosp. unit and at 1730 we pulled anchor and started on our way to Manila. 0

24-Sept-45

We are still in the harbor off the coast of Leyte. We were supposed to unload the patients here that we have aboard but the orders have been delayed. Some Filipinos came out to our ship trying to sell a few handmade articles, but I don’t think that they have very much business selling their wares from ship to ship, …

23-Sept. -45

We sighted the Philippines at 11:00 today and remained in sight of the islands the rest of the day. At around 1730 this evening we dropped anchor right off the coast of Leyte in the Philippine Islands. Tacloban is the city in this harbor and it is the capitol of Leyte. This is the place where the U.S. first made …