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10 September 1944

 

 

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11 September 1944

 

 

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Lt McCaffery rotated home and 1st Lt. William T. Bailey, Banzai, was assigned to command "F" Company.  Unfortunately Bailey did not arrive before the company lost two good officers.  Lt. Emery Ball was transferred to "E" Company and Lt. Sidney Brock was transferred to the Third Battalion.  Bailey was welcomed with open arms.

The camp was built on newly cleared land that had been coastal rain forest.  The ground was damp and black.  We hauled hundreds of loads of coral and spread it.  We would dig into coral embankments.  The coral was loose and handled like damp sand.  It was easy to shovel.  We spread this to have a dry place for the men, the tent floors, walks, and company streets.  Like caliche coral hardens after it is exposed to air and packs making a good all weather surface.  We made tent frames from small tree trunks about four to five inches in diameter.  We used fifty-five gallon drums (these were plentiful because they were Jap gasoline drums) to make water tanks mounted about seven feet above the ground on tree trunk frames.  Water had to be carried up a ladder to fill the drums lying on their sides.  Holes were punched into a bucket or can hung by a wire below the hole in the barrel to make a shower head.  I don’t know whose idea this was, but it was so much work filling the barrel that it was easier to walk the quarter of a mile or so to some springs and bathe.

 

 

 

 

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          I was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.  I felt honored in being one of the first replacements promoted.  This was especially so, because we had many fine company grade officers.  Most everyone of these were promoted within a short period of time.  Our men were the best.  They put up with hunger, thirst, filth, and terrible living conditions to always keep going.  Sometimes they were not treated fairly, but this did not keep them from doing an admirable job.  The great honor was in being associated with such men.

My 1st platoon roster  for Noemfoor as of September 1944 was as follows:

 

Platoon Sergeant Phillip Todd  
Radio Operator John Albertsman  
Platoon Runner Edward Thompson  
  1st Squad 2nd Squad 3rd Squad
Squad Leader  McCarter   Jacobs Beardsley
Assistant  Mamina Wright Harrison
BAR  Huff  Slish Bartlett
Assistant McCurry Bunny Bandt
Ammo Cyr Hendrix Aimers
1st Sc Santoy Wilson Sherwood
2nd Sc Narrow Bradley Morningstar
Rifleman McDonald Natalie Maceborski
Rifleman Iverson Wyant Nevedal
Rifleman Boone Lampman Reynolds
Rifleman Hastings Hill Schilli
Rifleman   Handlon Soucie

 

Raymond Bunney, Glen Handlon, Paul Narrow and George Mikel,  would die on Corregidor. Ralph Iverson and Mike Natalie would be killed on Negros,  Natalie dying in a road accident after cessation of hostilities.  Lloyd McCarter would earn the Congressional Medal of Honor on Corregidor. Bless ‘em All.

The next entry is 30 September  1944

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