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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
November 4, 1942
Yesterday was a holiday for most of us. There was one large detail out. They cut a lot
of cocoanut trees and orange trees around the camp. It was a shame to cut those trees
as they were just beginning to bear. The guards were really rough, too. Two carried
B. A. R.'s, two machine rifles and the rest loaded rifles and fixed bayonets. In the post
they never carried loaded guns. I am rolling a few cigarettes again. It keeps me in candy
and tobacco. That is about all one can buy unless you have enough to pay $15 for a can
of chow or $5 for cigarettes.
November 6, 1942
They are moving the tailors and basket makers inside the fence. It looks like they are
getting ready to shut us up as rumors have said. I hope they do, for it will probably mean
the end is near and so are the Yanks.
November 7, 1942
The first of another week of hell. We got some sugar last week and had syrup for
breakfast. We also got a few beans in our soup. The first two days one of the boys got
some Camels and I got a few butts. They came in a carton marked "Season's Greetings
of '42" under a picture of Santa Claus. Lots of planes and rumors. The Japs are speaking
of an exchange soon, but I don't believe it.
November 29, 1942
Another Sunday, and I have slept all morning. Time passes slowly here when you are
working six days a week and trying to sleep on a hard floor at night. It wouldn't be so
bad if my stomach didn't hurt so much. We got new guards Thursday and they are very
young. The civilians can boss them around more than the others, so we have to work
harder and get less rest.
December 8, 1942
We got December 8, 1942 off in celebration of one year of war. Japs have been taking
our sugar so they are giving it out. We had bananas, papaya and carrots cooked in syrup
last night and a spoon of sugar for breakfast. I'm out of smoking for the first time and
it is hard doing without.
December 17, 1942
We get sugar for breakfast nearly every day. It sure helps out. Saturday night a Jap took
our sack of sugar, but the corporal of the guard made him bring it back. Rumors are still
thick here. The Japs take every opportunity to give us the "V" for victory sign and when
they get a chance to speak, they say, "we'll soon be free, Joe." We get a little news once
in a while about the European battle. We are harvesting. Rains fall every day now. It is
pretty rough, but I'll live over it just to get back at them some day, God willing.
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