January 9, 1945

The Great Day, our Great Day! The troops have landed on Luzon, at Lingayan Bay. That’s just where the Japs landed. I had my money on Mindanao, or did have until they made that landing in Mindoro. But they are here, not two hundred miles away. Oh happy day! At this moment, I can see thirty or more of our …

January 6, 1945

Air raid alarm at 7:45 a.m. Eight planes bombed and strafed Nichol’s, Neilson, and Zablan; later a whole bunch of dive bombers worked on them again including Grace Park. Two flights of B-24’s came over during the morning — no bombing close by — probably farther south. Plenty of raids throughout the day. Our boys mean business now. Won’t be …

November 5, 1944

Airraid at 7:30 a.m. Could hear our planes before alarms went. Heavy bombing at Zablan, Nichols, and Neilson air fields. Several dog fights. I saw one plane come down in flames. It was spinning like a top, nose down. It was said that six others were shot down over toward the South. Saw one flight of our planes, 32 in …

October 3,1944 (Tuesday)

Waking up early this morning at 5:00, we proceeded to the offices of the Japan Airways, just a few blocks away from our Yamaume Hotel to board the bus that took us to the airport. At 7:15 a.m., we again boarded our plane, and we were off in no time. This time I wore very comfortable clothing, no more the …

September 23, 1944

Although the alarm sounded, the musician of the sky was actually playing its music elsewhere today. How big were the casualties of both sides in the raids yesterday and the other day? After releasing conflicting figures, the local press adopted the data given by Tokyo, which had more precise information on what was happening here. Out of the 500 attackers, …

September 22, 1944

Yesterday, the sky was filled with dark clouds. Today the horizon is even darker and gloomier. We had a reveille, and although the enemy came behind the thick clouds, the siren operators were not as sleepy as they were yesterday. At 7:15, the whining signal shook everybody out of bed. In fifteen minutes, the infernal blasts of engines, anti-aircraft guns, …

August 22-September 21, 1944

The partial blackout started on Aug. 22. There was an occasional practice air-raid alarm and one or two actual air-raid alarms during August and the early part of Sept. From about Sept. 16 the Japanese were having anti-aircraft gun practice every morning and sometimes at night with dozens of searchlights. The blackout continued in effect. On the morning of Sept. …

5-16-44

One officer patient admitted from Japanese brig this date. Diagnosis: Malnutrition. Two men formerly admitted from Nielson Field were transferred to that place this date, per order of the Japanese. 0

4-25-44

Two patients admitted from Port Area work detail at 1000 this date. At 1030 this date eighteen (18) patients admitted from Nielson Field. The following named deceased prisoner of war was brought to this hospital for burial from the Las Pinas work detail at 1445 this date: Cause of death, Dysentery, amebic. Autopsy held at Bilibid. Burial services conducted. Buried …