November 21, 1944

It has been stormy with heavy rains for the last two days. In spite of the downpour the Japanese and USAFFE are fighting it out across the Jaro River, about 10 km (7 miles) from town. The fighting continued all day and far into the night. Considering the circumstances, we rested fairly well, until I..

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October 19, 1944

This is a continuation of yesterday. When I heard the heavy drone of planes, Susie, Dolly and I went downstairs to the dining room, which is all concrete. There were already many people there seeking shelter, and I was somewhat amused to see two men trying to get under a table. Some of us went..

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October 12, 1944

The air raid warning was blown at 11:00 a.m. and at 11:15 we saw four planes flying overhead very high. They flew over us and headed north. The Japanese across the street from Dorothy’s house are busy making trenches as they fear the guerrillas may come in again. Every few days there is shooting in..

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October 11, 1944

All quiet today. The alert signal is still hoisted. According to the Japanese News bulletin, “American task forces are now in Philippine waters.” It is raining very hard, although the sun was shining this morning. I am feeling much better, my nerves are quieter and the asthma does not bother me so often. I have..

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August 28, 1944

Last night there was shooting in Molo (a suburb of Iloilo) and also in Tanza, near the beach, where the clubhouse “Treasure Island” is located. The “Indians” came in strong and attacked both places. The P.C. (Philippine Constabulary soldiers under the Japanese, all of whom are Filipinos) are quartered in the clubhouse (“Treasure Island”). The..

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July 30, 1944

Yesterday morning Dorothy and I went to Iloilo. We were able to get a carabao cart for transportation, and when we were halfway to the city, the yoke got loose and the carabao walked away. The result is that we got a jolt! It is funny all the different kinds of conveyance that people are..

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