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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.

July 15, 1945

Posted: July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized
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July 15 was a terrible day as none of our men came back from the works yesterday, and it and it [sic] was a long night, not knowing how many of our men had been killed and wounded. We spent the day cleaning up the camp from the shelling that occured [sic] the previous day. That afternoon, we men on the air raid detail were called to do another job. We were assigned the job of burning the bodies of the five men that were killed on the 14th. First we went down by the river that was on the south side of our camp to pick up drift wood and stacked it about two feet high, and then we found some tin that had been through the fire the day before. We put this on top of the wood, then we laid three of the bodies on this. We placed more wood and more tin, and then the other two bodies were put on top of this and more wood. We then poured oil over all of it, set the fire and burned the bodies. The Japs said this was for our health’s sake that they had us burn the bodies. It was not a pleasant task. After the bodies were completely burned, the Japs told us to get the ashes of the bodies, and they would bury them. I never did know whether they buried them or not, but it was another hard day in prison life.