Our first trip the following morning was to the City Hall, where Pat and I reported and registered, I as a released POW, with Pat as my guarantor that I would not join the guerillas. Our next trip was to the Red Cross, where we got some “chupas” of rice, soup, and milk for Tony. […]
1994 Memoir – 111. Released Sick P.O.W.
The first release of sick POWs in June, 1942, was made when I was already sick with malaria, beriberi, and anemia. Being the Adm. Clerk of our Group under Lt. Col. Simeon Valdes, I could have listed myself in the first release but I did not know that the list of sick POWs that the […]
1994 Memoir – 102. Death Of Winners
SAD OUTCOMES FOR WINNERS Lt. Ver was so proud of displaying his beautiful body. He went around in trunks, notwithstanding the swarms of flies and mosquitoes. He developed malaria and was taken to the dispensary with chills and fever. But in the dispensary he became very violent and they tied him up to his bed. […]
1994 Memoir – 99. Search For Elix
As soon as I got settled, I started looking for my brother from one camp and group to another, but no one saw him there. Dr. Luis Bersamin, of Bangued, told me that Elix was a close friend of his and if I found him, to let him know. When I got assigned for duty […]
1994 Memoir – 98. Life In The P.O.W. Camp
Upon arrival in the CAPAS CONCENTRATION CAMP (CCC), I was immediately assigned to guard the barrels of water drawn from the nearby river. That same night I took a bath and washed my clothes, using the shaving cream as my soap. I felt very good. Praise the Lord! Later on Capt. Geronimo Siwa, who shared […]
1994 Memoir – 84. The Pigeon With a Bleeding Heart – Lost Meal!
One early morning I noticed a flock of white pigeons with a red spot on their breasts feeding from a small fruit-bearing tree not very far from our Camp. I said to myself: Here is a good source of fresh meat. I fashioned a slingshot and got a lot of small pebbles from the creek. […]