February 11, 1950

Worked several hours on memorandum. To baseball game at Rizal Stadium –Formosa vs some local community (Santo Tomas). Quite a good game. Have been entirely alone today even eaten three meals all by myself. My Alice once stayed in this hotel, the year before I knew her. I wonder if she might have slept in this very room? 0

2-Oct.-45

One sees rice fields at various places around here, but this isn’t the main rice producing section of the Philippines. They grow many of the crops here that we grow in the States. Corn is grown during the same season that we grow ours. Rice growing in the fields looks a lot like wheat in its green stage and when …

February 13, 1945

Yesterday was wonderful, both wonderful and sad. The Americans are here, but it seems it is not yet over. The battle in the center of town is raging—the walled city is in ruins, and the dead are beyond counting. The Japanese are fighting like animals, desperate animals. The whine of shells from towards town is hideous and the bullets of …

February 8, 1945

It sounds like the real McCoy now. We’ve fed the children in the air-raid shelter, got Felie fixed for the night. She has suffered terribly from her wound. The rest of us are waiting. Janson is pretending to read, his wife is trying to keep the children quiet in the shelter, and I am typing in my room in the …

January 5, 1942

Yesterday was hectic. Tremendous activity. Trucks roaring hither and yon, probably en route to the front which has been established (so someone told me over the phone) on the Bataan Peninsula. Big cars with huge flags rushed about. Speaking of cars, they finally got that Cadillac started after two days of work on it. They drove it around the block, …