Feb. 5, 1945

I was awakened by feminine shrieks of delight and men’s cries of “Hooray!” Little Walter came rushing in calling to his mother, “Mummie, come, come! Do you want to see a real live Marine? They are here.” I was too worn down to go out and join the crowd, so I just rested there letting..

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Feb. 4, 1945

About 10 A.M. we saw Carl go out the gate to join Major Wilson in receiving orders and release from Major Ebiko and Yamato, who at last satisfied his correct soul by turning us over with all the proper formality. About noon Carl came back and we were all called into the main corridor. We crowded about..

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Feb. 3, 1945

At dusk, we saw a silent line of Japanese in blue shirts creep from the gate to the front door. They went through the long hall, upstairs, and out on the roof—of all places—with machine gun and bullets, grenades and gasoline. This made us extremely nervous, to put it mildly. A flame thrower tore through..

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Jan. 30, 1945

We lie on the bed or sit on Daddy’s while he draws plans for our ideal house in Baguio or Shenandoah Valley. There is no food to prepare, no books to read, no strength for anything, so we all plan various futures, talk about the future and the past in order to forget the hunger..

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November 30, 1944

Thanksgiving Day: breakfast was late by about an hour, but there was a beautiful yellow banana by each bowl of rice and in the cups was steaming coffee, and on the rice was a spoonful of sugar! Father Gowan, Carl, Art, and others took part in the Thanksgiving prayers and service. Bedie looked handsome in..

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November 26, 1944

Jerry brought my Port Said pale topaz earrings and bracelet, asking if I minded exchanging them for food. I said no.I was giving them to June anyway and when I told her, she said she would rather eat them. Jerry said huskily he would make it up to her later but she won't need jewels..

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November 25, 1944

Announcement of marriage of Kaye and Charlie on Thanksgiving Day is posted on the Bulletin Board, It is to be in church, by invitation only. It is the logical outcome to a camp romance though there are many pros and cons and ideas as usual. Jerry says we just knocked the pants off the enemy..

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November 24, 1944

I spent most of the day walking in sun and wind, enjoying the green and blue steeps of mountains, watching the Formosans plant onions and handfuls of seeds on the small terraces they have made back of the hospital. The onions send up a strong springlike odor from their warm hands. On the opposite rocky..

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