November 12, 1944

Typhoon is over, the sun is up again and the sky has brightened to a clear blue. The bird that perches on the tree near my window is there again, fluttering its wings and in a while I'm sure it'll begin to twitter. No planes this morning. Everybody was expecting them today because they've visited..

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25 October 1944

Continued Jap air attacks -- enemy bombs dropped on island and in sea but with no damage. Shooting them down as they come in. Southern Forces giving Japs on island a bad fit -- little resistance. US Hospital ship MERCY arrives. Japs dropped five bombs near her but missed. One of APA44's landing boats (LCVP#l9)..

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21 October 1944

This morning a group of enemy planes appeared and two were shot down. One dropped a bomb on the Australian cruiser and damaged her superstructure and they say the Captain was killed. At 1130, and outrigger canoe with four Filipinos appeared from SAMAR and one of our small boats went after it, and towed it..

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20 October 1944

Another memorable day in the life of the great Ritchie. At midnight we passed Dinogat [Dinagat] Island and entered Surigao Strait and Leyte Gulf. Tight squeeze for a convoy of this size with little or no maneuvering space. 5:30AM went to our first GQ. At this time we had a steering casualty and by losing..

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October 9, 1944

Today at 2:00 p.m. we had an air raid warning. Planes flew over us, but did not bomb. Manila, Cebu and Davao are being bombed day and night. Many Japanese ships have been sunk off the coast of Samar. The Japanese colonel in charge of the forces on Panay has given strict orders for the..

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April 4, 1936

Breakfast with Quezon. He is in great form. Had dismissed a school teacher and a J.P. in Bicolandia. Said the school master who was a married man with two children had seduced a fifteen year old pupil and she was with child. Her parents had whipped her for two days to ascertain the name of..

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Manila, P.I., July 25, 1901.

My DEAR FATHER: I am writing this in the quarters of Aguinaldo, where I am acting as officer of the day. Captain Palmer has general charge of Aggie, and another officer and myself are taking turns staying in Aguinaldo’s house while the captain is out. This is a big house on the Malacannan [Malacañan], the..

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