Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 167
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War Ii Dead
December 22, 1942
We got the day off on account of change of guards and rain. The first time we have lost
on account of weather. We were issued a package of 30 cigarettes last Thursday night.
December 27, 1942
Another Christmas come and gone. We got the 25th off and about 30 pounds of meat
for 200 men and two meals. It was a sad day for us. I had an attack of pleurisy
Wednesday morning just as we left camp. The guard wouldn't let me return so they had
to carry me three k. m. in the field and then back when the guard came in. I am over it
now. It's back to work tomorrow. I traded my raincoat for two hands of tobacco, so I'll
smoke a while longer. The driver from D. P. C. said they had 1500 pounds of beef for
Christmas and are eating very good all the time. The sickness is clearing up there. Our
chow is steadily getting worse. We get a sardine can of rice and a canteen cup of soup
a meal. The soup is about a tablespoon of vegetables in a little hot water, less than half
enough salt all the time, and it is a tasteless slime.
January 4, 1943
A new year and the same things. Will we ever be free again. Between the rain and
holidays we didn't work much last week. I worked one-half day and gave out. I've been
out ever since. The doctor doesn't know. and won't say what is my trouble. I think it is
my heart. We are getting about one-half cornmeal and one-half rice now. That helps
some. I finally built me a bunk and don't have to sleep on the floor any more.
April 10, 1943
Things are still in a turmoil. Today they moved all the men who were in the barracks from
which those men escaped over to a new compound. There had been an eight foot triple
fence around it with a guard tower at each corner. Rumors are that they will be kept inside
and fed rice and salt for 30 days. There is still no trace of the men who left. They are
undoubtedly with the guerillas, for they have stopped all pursuit. There are stories
circulating about dead Japs and skirmishes about eight to 12 k. m. out. All the men were
brought in from the rice fields and no more go until further orders. All details have been
canceled except a few to gather vegetables and fire wood. There was an eight-hour alarm
in Davao yesterday while five U. S. planes flew over. The Japs announced tonight that
all detail would be cancelled until orders came from Manila as to what was to be done
about those men's escaping. They said that this had been the model camp in which there
were white men and that those 10 men were the largest group that have ever escaped.
So now this camp is at the bottom of the list.
November 2, 1943
We had corn meal mush this morning-the first meal without rice in over a year. I filled
out another identification card. Lots of planes flying around. I hope that means something
good for us. They brought one of the men back from the guard house last night. He said
that things were rather rough over there. There are seven men in the cell which is so small
that thee men sit up so the other four can lie down and sleep. The only drinking water
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