December 26, 1944

Manila Japs moving out. Truck after truck loaded with troops evacuating Manila. All Jap cars camouflaged with leaves. Mindoro landings have struck fear in Jap hearts. The end is near. Puppet government of Laurel transferred to Baguio. They left in a hurry. The presidential convoy was escorted by Jap troops and P.C. soldiers. Remaining Jap..

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August 10, 1942

Today is Graduation Day for all POWs that underwent the Rejuvenation Training. After a brief but impressive ceremony at the Camp Dau FA Auditorium, each of us "graduating POWs" were given our "Graduation Papers." Our Grad. Speaker said we are expected to help the new Phil Gov't.to be granted her independence by Japan later, in..

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August 5, 1942

When the 1,400 POW names were posted in the Camp O'Donnell BB last Jul. 16, it was announced that they are comparatively the healthy survivors remaining in Capas. The sick started being released last June 30. This healthy group are now about to complete Rejuvenation Training in Camp Dau. Let me talk about this group..

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April 1, 1942

HQ, MIS, BATAAN   Awakened by "Photo Joe". Name given to Jap observation plane by Bataan boys is "Photo Joe". Leonie said: "That means bombing around 'brunch' time." Fred, usually more grim, said: "That also means deaths." Major Javallera who was O.D. said that there was continous artillery firing the whole night. "It must be..

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March 11, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Japs attempting to penetrate western sector by putting pressure on 1st regular division. Continuous artillery bombardment in eastern front. Three raids this morning in rear areas. Rodriguez Park and Cabcaben dock subjected to intense bombing. Saw many planes flying in direction of the Rock. On their return, they strafed Mariveles airfield. Laborers..

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March 10, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Life is getting harder and harder. Morning ration reduced to one handful of 'lugao'. Sometimes carabao meat is given. It is made into 'tapa' so that the rest can be preserved for some other day. The mess officer told me that very soon we will have horse-meat for viand. The QM will..

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March 7, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Went to her after sunset. Major Javallera said it was o.k. "Spend your furlough as you please but after that back to work," he said. "How is your thigh?" he asked. I said the wound was healing fast as it was only superficial. Sat on the grass under the cenniguela tree under..

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March 4, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan   Back from patrol. Reconnoitered in Balanga. Met  several Jap patrols. Japs not there in force. We were very careful. Kept away from beach. Balanga church was destroyed by our artillery. Did not enter church. There might have been Japs inside. General refuses to believe there are no Japs in Balanga. I..

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March 1, 1942

Bataan, MIS, HQ Col. Torralba said the general stated that my resignation is not accepted and that I'd better attend to his papers more diligently. Raids morning and afternoon. One incendiary bomb dropped a few feet away from the doctor's tent. Nobody injured. Sergeant Buenaventura and Sergeant Sulao quarreled with each other. I thought they..

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