Dec. 25, 1944

The dancing and general excitement of the day, not to mention the pitiful overeating (if one can call it that), was too much for Bede. As the last tune died away and he was sure he would not miss any more, he went tearing past us through the kitchen, sending word back by his sister..

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Dec. 16, 1944

During the complete quiet of roll call we all heard a long sustained salvo of guns, heavy guns, also planes and the rip of bombs. Kaito, who was lounging through roll call as usual, suddenly called out, “Dismissed,” and the entire 450 camp members burst into a din of joy, whoop and Oh Boy, chatter..

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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 29, 1944

All the guards are out digging foundations and sawing fence posts to keep us off our lovely point. I had my last steep in the sun there yesterday. There was a trade bazaar today in the dining room. An ivory carved ring in exchange for 2 pounds of peanuts; bath towels, sheets, for coffee. Most..

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November 27, 1944

Oura had a row with Carl yesterday, telling Carl this was Japanese soil and Carl retorted, "No, it isn’t—it’s American soil and if you wait long enough you'll find out." | appreciate close contact with June and Bedie now, watching them grow up and learn for the future. Soon they will be adult and away...

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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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