My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

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Dec 19, 1945

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19th Wed.
The Great Day – 1st saw lights from good old USA at 0612. Weather sure is cold. The Golden Gate in the fog at 0900. A welcome ship, music, and American gals. Just looking at them was a treat for sore eyes. Looks like we are here for some time. W. Coast guys got off. I am sure they will enjoy their xmas. Received a partial pay of $10 and got a pass. Dunham, Bell, and I – Came in at 1:00 really plastered. No women, strictly on the level. Just being back is such a treat.

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August 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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Sept. 2-4, 1945

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2nd Sun.
V-J day at last. Dunham and I went over to Kev’s and had a little celebration. Eats and all the beer we could drink. Had a nice time. Came back at 23:30. Happy Birthday Butch.

4th Tues.
Just found out I had the necessary 80 points for discharge. What a happy day. Honey – it won’t be long.

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August 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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Aug 3-8, 1945

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August 1945

3rd Fri.
Just heard of the new point outlook and it has really knocked us for a letdown. It looks like 1946.

4th Sat.
Hot as Hell. Busy all day fixing equip.

5th Sun.
Played our 1st ball game here. Lost 11-8.

8th Wed.
Just heard of the Atomic bomb and the terrible destruction one of bombs did to Japan.

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Mar 1-5, 1945

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Mar 1-4th
Been laying around catching up on my letter writing. Wrote another article for the paper. Hot as Hell.

5th Mon.
Got my 1st 3 day pass. Went with Arthur Verville to Manilla and slummed all around the city. Purchased [? illegible] an Elgin Pocket watch for some canned goods and 50 pesos (15 pounds). Met a bunch of other boys and got pretty well stewed up. A few places are opening up but prices are high – Egg sandwich and coffee 2.30, 1 shot of whiskey with orange juice 1.50, chop suey 5.00. Whiskey 20.00 per qt. In camp at 4.30.

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Feb 11-15, 1945

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11th Sun.
Back in camp today. Still feel pretty shaky. Met the Carlos Vander Tolosa, movie producer in the Philippines. Knows the Padillo family really well. He is the first white man I have met here.

12th and 13th
On an emergency ferry job again. Our bridge was blown out by Jap artillery and another company put up a new bridge. We made our rafts and stood by in case this one would be blown out too.

14th Wed.
Back in camp again. Feel so damn tired. Wrote a letter home. Japs still filtering through and units all around us are having trouble with them. They are being killed off as fast as they show up.

15th Thurs.
Went down to the Padillos tonite. Pollack, Rangar, Lt. Birk and myself. Sure had a nice feed [? illegible]. Fried eggplant, tomatoes, fish, comoties [wild sweet potatoes?] and bananas. The women feed the men. Some deal. Received 12 letters today.

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June 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Jan 28-31, 1945

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28th Sun.
Another beautiful day. On guard tonight. Two of the men, Bell and Goodall, got drunk and started to shoot up the camp. Don’t know what they will do to them. Was news good. We are 45 miles from Manila.

29-31
Taking things fairly easy. Am eating plenty of chicken and eggs. No mail as yet.

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Jan 26-27, 1945

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26th Fri.
Same story. Had a few drinks tonight, but it made me gasy. Four of us hooked a ride to nearest town, 3 miles (Panqui). It is all shot to hell but one of the houses had a piano in it and the G.G. had it going.

27th Sat.
Well I guess we are moving to join the rest of the company who are now at Tarlac. Maybe there will be a chance to write. Sure getting lonesome for a letter. Left at 2:00 for Tarlac. Every city we went through is burned and destroyed. Tarlac, a capital city, must have been quite a place, but is sure in ruins now. Camped along a river just outside Tarlac on the way to Manila.

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June 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm

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