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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
they get is tea, which they get with breakfast. They get two meals of rice and salt and
one regular ration.
November 7, 1943
They are making several changes in the camp. They are consolidating the hospital and
general mess building, and two barracks and are cleaning a wide space around the fence.
Major Minto made a speech and said that any suspicious person would be shot instantly
and that if we would be careful they would be careful also. There are three men going
to Davao to cook for that 50-man detail that went down last week.
November 10, 1943
Went to one-half day duty today.
February 13, 1944
I camp in the seventh with temperature, had a chill, I think. I started on quinine, also really
sick. Expect R. C. any day. Finished quinine today. I feel better.
February 16, 1944
We buried Wilmen Evens this morning . . . the first death from natural cause in a year
today. The Japs just called for a detail to go to Davao and unload supplies. I hope they
don't delay getting them out to us. We got a list of the R. C. more than last year. They
have turned over to us a lot of medical supplies but the food is still in Davao. If this is
not continued it will be because we are moved. I lost my other book.
April 10, 1944
We got meat in the mess yesterday. The first in some time.
April 18, 1944
I got another bottle of 100-multiple vitamin pills. There is something in the air around
here. Expect R. C. [Red Cross] today, but the Jap general came and changed it.
April 20, 1944
It looks like a group of sick and cripples are leaving for somewhere soon. The Japs are
stripping this place of everything loose. They are taking scrap iron, tools, building
material and all the barbed wire they can find except that which surrounds the camp.
Cabanatuan, P. I.
October 3, 1944
Dear Diary: I thought we have had a rough time in concentration camp, but after listening
to the tales of that bunch of British and Dutch P. O. W. that came in night before last
I thank the Lord we have been as well off as we have. Out of about 25,000 that were
taken up into Thailand to work only a few hundred are left. Cholera wiped out thousands
because of lack of medical supplies. Many arms and legs were amputated because of
ulcers that would not cure. Beri-beri, dysentery and malaria also took their toll. Then on
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