October 30, 1944

Camp gave us French fried camotes and gravy, then Jerry and the kids came down with luscious fried rice, still hot in the pan, sliced Spam on fresh green lettuce on a chromium plate, for my birthday. Afterward we had scrumptious ice cream made by Peg and covered with a spoonful of Emergency chocolate, melted..

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October 24, 1944

About 7:30 six planes roared over from east to west over the mountain backbone. The last two tore ahead of the middle two, zooming, dipping and soaring. Yamato asked Denki later, after the camp had lined the bank to watch, "What did you think of the planes?" Denki said, "I think they were American and..

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October 22, 1944

I talked with Jerry about June and his own slow decline and how I wished they could quit corn. He said, simply, "‘I know, Pete, but nothing can be done about it. We must eat corn when there is nothing else from camp. I haven’t the energy nor the supplies to correct it." It was..

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October 17, 1944

Onions planted in July are now being harvested. Several kilos were cut for the first time. June’s blood count is 4 million but her hemoglobin is low. She needs iron, the doctor says, and there is no more. He is going to put all three of them down for B-1 tablets. The poor doctors hardly..

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October 16, 1944

Out of deep sleep, I found Jerry sitting on my bed trying to explain to my befuddled brain why he wanted my watch and silver filigree bracelet, the result of two past anniversaries. He is trading it out sub rosa, hoping for exchange in food—peanuts or sugar instead of money. Then he can trade these..

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Oct. 11, 1944

Jerry earns camotes which help the family meals. He seems to like the garden and has his second wind like Bedie. I have mine and wish June would get hers. I sat up reading pages of my toilet paper — Women in Love. There are many pages of majestic writing. Internally I feel normal for the..

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September 15, 1944

I could hear Mr. Tomibe’s military bellow voice from here at 7:30 as he made his farewell speech to roll call assembly. He said we had become friends under difficult conditions of war and  he hoped that after peace we could be friends again under better conditions. He was now transferred to Manila to another..

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September 11, 1944

June came straight from the garden with a muddy rear where the hoe had let her slip twice into the ditch. She looked adorable in a tan short sunsuit, a huge rolled Mexican hat with cord under the chin, borrowed tan gloves to avoid blisters, and black rubber boots, with cheeks flaming under dark hair..

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Aug. 8, 1944

Jerry says it is funny that three of us should get B-2 deficiency when he hasn’t had it yet. I tell him he has had the other kind, B-I, far longer than we have had ours. I don’t talk about a lot of things but I know them. He looked at me and didn’t say..

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