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August 31, 1945

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At 9:45 a.m. on August 31, we had another trip from the Air Technical Command boys, and they dropped more food and clothes. I got fitted out with a completely new suit of clothes from head to foot, and I was filling out with chow. There was still a lot of waste because the chutes failed to open, and some of the chow came right through the roof of the building. I thought, Boy, wouldn’t it be tough to be bumped off by a case of chow this late in the game!

August 30, 1945

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More planes came over at 9:30 a.m. on August 30 and dropped more food, but about forty per cent was lost or damaged due to the chutes not opening. I spent the day in the hills, hunting for and carrying out the chow. I got plenty to eat out of the food stuff that burst in the drop. I was so full that I was uncomfortable. We had a very good soup and were issued gum, candy, cigarettes, matches, and 1/2 of a K ration dinner. Then at 6:00 p.m. we had fruit cocktail, and were “putting on the dog” as well as pounds. I had already gained fifteen pounds, and at that rate knew I should be in pretty fair shape by the time our troops arrived.

August 29, 1945

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On August 29 it was fairly quiet in camp as services were held at 2:00 p.m. for the twenty-seven men that were killed or had died from the shellings. No planes came over that day, but we received the following items from the gear that was dropped the previous day: 1/3 of a Hershey almond bar, 1/2 of a smaller hershey [sic] bar, 1 package of fags; 1 package of chicklets with 3 extra squares, and one stick of gum. Later I won 1/2 bar of soap in a drawing. Some shoes were in the gear, but our would-be-officers said that they would go to the first three pay grades, and the rest of us could go without until some more came in. Since I became a P.O.W. May 6, 1942, I never had a decent pair of shoes on my feet, let alone a new pair. We also had some good soup from the galley that day.

August 28 was another great day. The Japs gave us one 8 ounce can of salmon and approximately one pound of margarine. The American planes came over again and dropped twelve sea bags of chow. These pilots surely knew how to fly as our camp was situated between two ranges of mountains with a river on the west side. Between the bases of the mountains was not over five hundred yards, and it was a hard approach from either end, but still they dropped down within less than one hundred feet of the camp. Out of what they dropped, each man in camp received one-half of an Army breakfast ration and one package of cigarettes for each three men. About 3:30 p.m. the B-29’s came over and dropped a load of stuff that consisted of food, clothes and medicines, but about forty to fifty per cent was lost due to the parachutes not opening.

The next day, August 27, we had another visit from our Navy boys. By parachute they dropped cigarettes, magazines, newspapers, and two pilots dropped their emergency rations. Out of the fags that were dropped, each man received two packages of Chesterfields. Oh, but it was great to know that we would all be going home soon. It was a great day for all hands, but we were expecting a bigger day tomorrow.

August 26, 1945

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On August 26 we had an issue of Nip and Limey clothes which consisted of the following: one summer shirt, one summer jacket, and one pair of summer pants. All of these were Jap type of clothes. Then we got one pair of rubber shoes of the Limey type and one package of hair tobacco. Then at 3:00 p.m. we were given an issue of one pair of Nip socks, one bar of soap, one pencil, one package of tooth powder, one tooth brush, some Benjo (toilet) paper and thirty-six fags were [sic] man.

Boy, O Boy! August 25, 1945 was a day of days for me and the rest of the men in this camp and the other one too. At 11:45 a.m., our planes at last spotted our camp and dropped a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes with a note saying, “IT WILL BE ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS.” It was dropped by Ens. W. F. Harrah, 2221 East Newton St., Seattle, Washington. This did things to me. I became all goose bumpy and tried to yell and holler, but would only choke down. Tears came into my eyes and rolled down my cheeks. Other men’s reactions were the same, and we all cried with JOY! They also said they would be back later with chow and clothes.

Another man died from shell shock that day, making a total of twenty-seven from the first shelling, and six men died from the shelling of July 14th, which totaled thirty-three men in both raids.

August 24, 1945

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Bob Wilkins, an American civilian captured on Wake died on August 24, making a total of twenty-six deaths to date. Burns received in camp on August 9 caused his death. I made a hike that day which wasn’t compulsory. Also, we painted P.O.W. on the roofs of buildings in this camp and the other one, hoping it would help our forces to locate us. We had an issue of twenty fags and some green tea.

August 22, 1945

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Our routine was much the same on August 22, but the Japs had no authority over us. The Army guards all left, but there were some Jap cops protecting us against the Jap civilians. We also had an issue of twenty fags. Nothing new or exciting happened the next day, and se [sic] still had rice, beans and soup. The rice was scarce, but we had plenty of soy beans.

August 21, 1945

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The allied officers were given full charge of the camp on August 21, 1945 and we all hoped the chow would improve. A Japanese colonel from Sendi came to the camp and told us that he did not know when we would be leaving here. Six buddies and I moved outside and built us a buhi, a lean-to shed. It is much better than being crowded in the building, and will be fine until it rains. One more Dutchman died from the effects of the shelling on August 9, bringing the total of deaths to twenty-five.