May 1, 1945

Labor Day. We left San Jose at noon. While on deck this morning, some expressed their hope that the justice or injustice would be righted. I said that perhaps we stopped in San Jose to receive further instructions from Manila, and we might turn back. Otherwise, we might as we get used to our situation. America said nothing could be …

April 30, 1945 Monday

Last night we slept in cots that were crammed in the hold. We were always soaking wet with perspiration. I passed the night thinking of our situation. Breakfast was again served at 9 this morning. There was a fight between two prisoners. They were men who were serving long prison sentences and were being transferred from Bilibid Prison to the …

January 21, 1945 — Sunday

Attended 6:45 a.m. Mass and received Communion. Went to Air Strip at 8 a.m. Took off at 9 a.m. on a B-25. Sat inside the cabin next to the turret gunner. Arrived San Jose, Mindoro 10:50 a.m. Had luncheon with General Dunckel. Discussed with Major Nimick needs of civil population. Took off 3:30 p.m. Landed Tacloban Air strip at 5:20 …

9th January 1945

Eddie Vargas called up today by long-distance from Taiwan; he is stranded there. All civilian air travel to the Philippines has been suspended. We are now definitely cut off from home; no more couriers, no more letters, even telegrams will be difficult unless they are official and urgent. As the situation deteriorates, the press is allowed to say more and …

December 20, 1944

For seven days now we are without radio, and consequently, without news. The press is ashamed to circulate outside the capital, out of respect for the guerrillas of the air raid siren sounds—at most for ten hours. Its week-long silence means that the bombing of Manila must have been uninterrupted. We learned from the people who escaped from that hell …

December 17, 1944

Landings in Mindoro. Heard people talking about it in street-corners yesterday afternoon. The news spread like wild-fire: landings in Mindoro, Mindoro, Mindoro. The Japs are stumped. American planes had complete dominion of the air over Luzon. They kept flying over Manila all day yesterday. From the morning of December 15th to the evening of December 17th, Americans were in the …

Dec. 15, 1944

Four air attacks last night; five today. Thirty enemy shot down, mostly by fighters. Supported landing at San Jose, Mindoro. An enemy twin engine suicide plane passed from port to starboard (unengaged) at director level just forward of the bridge. I could see the pilot clearly. It hit the water just beyond us as it went for a carrier. One …

Dec. 15, 1944

Bombings continue, very little resistance, even machine gun air fields and bay, also the district east of town; distant fires and explosions; rumors of landings in Mindoro, Marinduque and Masbate. Japs are building barbwire and sandbag barriers in the streets near Camp, many Jap civilians also moving into houses near us. The Commanding General, Yamishita [Yamashita], has stored his car …

October 31, 1944

Prices jumped high in three days. Peanuts were 80 a pound, jumped to 120, 240. and today are P400 a pound. Rumor says the Japanese admit Marinduque, Mindoro landings, and that the sea battle is over, in our favor. Our friend Helen has slipped away and again we wonder who will be next. It is better not to know. A …