December 3, 1943

Soldiers teemed in streets, plazas, stores and restaurants. And there were rumors that more than half a million more were coming to fortify the country and eat up the little food supply that we had. From the port there were days when more than forty damaged battleships and transports were seen anchored at the Bay...

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Aug 13, 1943

Friday the 13th–- Have had sinus trouble terribly for the past week. Sent us a lot of men over from the hospital, bed bugs are more terrific than ever. Col. Beecher was very dissatisfied with inspection last Wednesday. Nips gave camp a thorough inspection yesterday. We are making gains on all fronts according to rumors...

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June 23, 1942

We received the first news from Hongkong. This was the first communication we had from abroad in six months. The Dominican Superior of Rosaryhill sent a letter through the Foreign Office of Tokyo. According to the letter, all the Fathers and Brothers were safe and sound. By reading between the lines, however, we could feel..

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December 25-28, 1941

Xmas Day, 25 December; the troops had a good turkey dinner and 2 bottles of beer per man. Hong Kong surrendered. The war was going from bad to worse! By 27 December there was plenty of rank in Malinta Tunnel! On 28 December, the President asked for a complete report of the situation. In the..

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Sat. Dec. 20/41

Had a quiet night. The enemy does not appear to like to bomb at night. Japanese landed on Victoria Island. (Hong Kong) Nothing new from Singapore, but it looks more serious all the time. Air raid warning came today at 12:30 p.m., and the planes appeared at 12:45 p.m. They circled and circled, sometimes right..

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Thurs. Dec. 18/41

I wonder if we will have a raid today. Two days now with none and we are all breathing easier. Life is getting back to normal except that there are not so many people in the streets. We changed our minds about the air raid shelter, and filled the hole back in again, and got..

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April 26 Wednesday 1933

Saw Cutting today and he promised to talk to Murphy. Quezon saw the Sec of War today and told him of satisfactory arrangement with our Mission. The Sec War expressed extreme satisfaction. Luncheon today for Murphy who turned out to be a much more charming person than his pictures would seem to indicate.  Q in..

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