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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.