Carl E. Rice WW2 Memoirs: May 17th to October 30th, 1943 Part 2

I am going to resume transcribing my grandfather’s memoirs for a bit. I’m noticing less of a response in my tracking stats when I just post scans of the actual pages he typed the memoirs out on. Here we resume the period of May 17th to October 30th, 1943, at the beginning of which my grandfather reported back under orders to the internment camp at the University of Santo Tomas for permanent confinement. 

May 17-Oct 30, 1943, cont.—There is much talking and joking these first few days as we greet old comrades, friends and acquaintances, some of whom have not seen in years; we all have had experiences to tell about and old times to review.

On May 17 when I came in at 1:15pm, notebook shows;
Cedula Residence Certificate #A-0122148, March 22, 1943
Resident Alien Certificate (Jap) #251645, March 25, ’43
Retirement Certificate 99690
Spanish War Pension #C-2347574
Weight 148 lbs (Dec 15, 1941 weighed 176 lbs) —effects of hunger in the year and half since the Japanese invasion taking its toll
Cash, Jap Notes 20.25 pesos.
One barrack bag containing 2 khaki trousers, 2 khaki shirts, 2 blue cotton shirts, 4 under shirts, 4 drawers, 10 socks, 1 sheet, 1 half wool blanket, 1 bed spread, 2 pillow cases, 1 pillow, 1 cot, 2 shoes, 2 towels, 4 handkerchiefs, and razor and other toilet articles. 1 mosquito net, 1 shoes wooden, 1 slippers leather Mess kit, cup, knife, fork, spoon, 1 hat.

News is hard to get, the daily Tribune is allowed in, our room buys two copies, but only Jap propaganda, all Jap victories, but we can get an idea of progress of war by location of names on the maps many smuggled in. Also the buyers who go out daily bring in radio script, and some comes over the fence along with black market food and booze; some script is written here in camp and some of it is pure fake; but by sifting all sources we can get a general idea of the situation. Rumors are so thick that we even have a dog named Rumor.

Every day the line of food comes in from friends and families, and restaurants; the gates in the fence are closes while the people delivering deposit their buckets and packages for inspection by Japs and internees, then gates are open and we go to the tables and get ours. By asking many times can go out to the side of the receiving shed and visit a few minutes with family. I get enough food in here now but the kids bring a bucket of food and clean laundry every Friday; this way we keep in touch; have two aluminum dinner pales in section and we write notes on the bottom of the section, also they put in the rice; the food sent in is a welcome change, generally eggs, chicken & meat cooked the way I like it; also fruit and real hot coffee.

June 11, 1943—Charlie (son, 17) was here and talked to me, Mamma (wife Maria, my grandmother) cannot come because is very sick with asthma.

July 2, 1943—Ellen (daughter, age about 8 a this point) was allowed to come inside to visit me about half an hour, Nena (ward, about 18) gave me a ten peso bill, but I don’t need it, as I am good at playing pitch. (Don Keifer, a gate guard, let her in.)

July 30—Saw Nena and Arthur (son, about 13), they looked thin but well dressed.

September 24—Henry (son, 16) and Arthur came to visit me, family well. Charlie works days and could not come. They report food very high (price) and Jap money very much inflated.

Aug 30—I sold two pair of army socks for 15.00 pesos

Sept 10—Sold two small cans of milk and small can of coffee for 25.00

Sept 17—borrowed 100.00 pesos from General Electric Co, Mr. Grinnell manager. This was on my QM Pay.

Oct. 30—borrowed 100.00 pesos from same source, on my Spanish War pension. I sent this money out to family by Mr. Duggleby, in charge of outside family relief.

There has finally been a shake up in the kitchen and most of the CIO gang has been kicked out and will be sent to Los Banos Camp.

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Internees at Santo Tomas built huts, called shanties, outside to escape overcrowding in the dormitories inside.*

*By U.S. Army – U.S. Army, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16818297

Carl Ephriam Rice - WW2 Memoirs Pg 10.jpg

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