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September 12, 1945

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There was another food drop on September 12. We were sure glad to get it, as once you get the taste of good chow, you just don’t have any appetite for soup and rice.

September 8, 1945

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On September 8, fifteen of the men who left the previous day for Tokyo were over taken in Mariako and brought back. They told us that the fellows up there were not eating soup and rice there, and also, that the hospital cases are [sic] getting along just fine.

September 7, 1945

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Well, it happened on September 7 when about thirty men took off with bag and baggage, heading for Tokyo. I was just too “soft”, or I would have been with them. Still we had no news as to when we were to leave this area, and we were back on straight soup and rice.

September 3, 1945

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We still didn’t have any word as to when we were to move, and we were getting very restless. It was September 3, and we wanted to be on the move. I did trade for four chickens, one rabbit and some Irish spuds which were good eating. The chow the Japs gave out was still rice and soup, but we did get a soup bowl ration of some type of fruit that had come in on the “drop” every night after roll call.

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 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 17, 1945

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On August 17 we still had not been officially told that the war was over, but every man in camp believed that it was. There were no new developments in camp that day except that the chow was improved. They had killed a hog and half of it was cooked in our soup. One-half of hog for 722 men didn’t give us much meat, but the soup sure had a good flavor. The grain was not increased any, but I thought, who cares for rice and barley when we are so near to getting ham and eggs?

August 12, 1945

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We dug water mains on August 12 and another Dutchman died from concussion and shell gas. That day one blanket was issued every two men. There were more air raid alerts, but no planes were in sight. Guess they ran out of soup, but we were still on rice ball rations.

On July 16 camp life went on as usual; some men were working in the mines and other on different work details. I was among those still working on the air raid shelter as there had been a lot of damage done from the shelling previously. We tried to “shore up” the inside of the shelter. The Jap guards accompanied us to places where we could salvage some items for this purpose. We picked up old burned tin and raked through the ashes, looking for nails that we could use in our work. We used the sides of trees that had been ripped off from the logs at the saw mill. Anyway, we had one smooth side to nail to.

In camp we were still getting rice and soup, but we on the water detail were making out a little better than we previously had. The bridge across the river had been hit several times from shellings, and a squid cannery had been destroyed by fire near the place we got our water. We were able to hunt out some edible chow at the cannery, although most of it was charred beyond eating. Several of our men were burned or hurt in the shellings, but most of them improved pretty fast. Joe was still kept in the cage during all the shellings, and the Japs just would not release him, though we pleaded with them.