My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

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Oct 19-31, 1945

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19 Fri.
All money was exchanged for American money. Good sign for an early start.

25th Thurs.
“Short Arm” inspection today.

26th Fri.
Fractured left shoulder on tick foul.

27th Sat.
Went to 90th Field for X-ray and got strapped up. 4 letters from Marine and one from Ray. Marine’s last letter too as she received my letter telling her not to write. Her letter Oct. 17th.

31st Wed.
Went to hosp. today on account of my shoulder. 90th Field – Yard #6 – nurse – Miss Hayes. Had it real nice. It was a good rest. Came back on Nov. 3. Still no ships.


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Oct 3-18, 1945

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3rd Wed.
Visited Ken and saw Danny Kaye in The Wonder Man. Sure is screwy. Ken figures on going home with the 31st. Wished to Hell we would find out something.

6th Sat.
Banged up my right elbow from a tick foul. Had it x-rayed but nothing broken. No mail. Started to load equip. today. Raining tonight.

8th Mon.
All 80 pointers and 35 and 38’s got their papers and left at 4:00 PM today on an LCI. Will go to Leyte in 18 hrs.

11th Thurs.
Ken came over tonight to say goodbye. He leaves for home tomorrow. Al came with him and we drank my beer and talked until 10:30. He sure was happy.

12th Fri.
Whoopie – we are free of our bridge equip. today. Have taken it all to Eng. Depot. I never had a more pleasant job.

Did our last work for the 506th this PM getting Pioneer Chests in tool tent. Then we cleaned up the tents and packed our belongings. At 12:38 we pulled out for 106 Engr. Said Goodbye 506. Show Dragon Seed, Katherine Hepburn.

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July 20-31, 1945

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20th Fri
Rain all day and cold too. Bell got a Red Cross Tel. – his daughter very ill. He is trying to get home. Will he make it??

22nd Sun.
Moved to our permanent area. I am working again with Dunham. Rain.

29nd Sun.
An uneventful week. Received some mail but have been damn disgusted with everything, even with Marine. I guess the folks at home only worry if we will come home in one piece and not the things we are going thru every day. Just what are they sacrificing?

31 Tues.
The end of another month. Weill I lost one of my bets on Japans defeat. Still I feel it is very close to the finish. Received 4 nice letters. Swell weather. Reset our permanent tent and have a damn nice home. Even have a radio.

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July 8-19, 1945

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8 Sun.
Navy was supposed to feed us, but now it is all off and we had to get our kitchen going. Then they threw 51 more men at us, so now it means a total of 91. Veretle and Soie [? illegible] sure taking a screwing on this deal. On our way to Bugoa [maybe Bugcaon?].

10 – Tues
Landed this morning and are camped about 8 miles out of Bugoa. Waiting orders.

13 Friday
Arrived at the Co. at 4:00 and it is a mighty nice feeling. Lots of mail waiting, packages too. Feel OK.

Read letters and straightened out in the tent.

15th Sun.
A nice quiet day. For supper potato salad, fresh pork chops, gravy, apple sauce, bread, cake and coffee. Raining as usual.

16th Mon.
Nice day. Fix flat tire. Cut piling [? illegible].

17th Tues.
3 letters from home – July 3,4, and 5th. Cut piling, finished at noon. No rain for a change.

18th Wed.
Leaving for Del Monte tomorrow.

19th Thurs.
Left Valencia thru MalayBalay, Del Monte and then Bugoa. Dusty as Hell. Saw the show “Patrick the Great.” Was very good.

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June 3-18, 1945

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2nd Sat.
Sick with chills and fever. My back is bothering again too.

3rd Sun.
Changed water pumps on the jeeps. Feel good.

4th Mon.
Rained again. Played cards all day.

5th Tues.
Left for Parang to get mail. Slept with Beaver and the boys at Pon. Bridge.

6th Wed.
Back today with mail for everyone. Got a roll of film. Pulled guard tonight.

7th Thurs.
Saw the show, “Naughty but nice.”

8th Fri.
Hot day. Fresh pork chops for dinner.

9th Sat.
Left the Mts. for the river, where we have the bridge. Made camp by the far shore.

Part of the bridge went out (a 400′ span) and we are salvaging the remains. Eating rations.

13th Wed.
Started to load boats etc. Muddy as Hell. Sure am lonesome and homesick.

Left Kabaccan for Libungan. Stayed overnight with Beaver and the boys.

17th Sun.
Left for Parang. Good weather. Fair roads. Went into a nice area.

18th Mon.
Went to Q.M. for rations. Got 10 day B-rations for 40 men. The shower was swell.

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May 9-21, 1945

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8th – 9th – 10th
Brought mail up to us. Got a nice bunch of letters. Will off [? illegible] to answer them. It is getting damn tiresome up here.

11th – 12th – 13th
Still at the ferry and still getting shelled. It is a damnable life. No chance to write. Work from dawn until dusk.

14 – 15 – 16th
Still at the ferry. No mail. The bridge is to be finished tonight.

17th Thurs.
The same old story. No operation.

18 – 19th
Fixing equip. Been busy all day.

20th Sun.
Loaded up this morning and left right after dinner for the front lines which are about 6 miles north of Davoa. Slept with my clothes in a fox hole. Rained all night. My back sure hurt all night and that is no fun. No excitement from the Japs.

21 – Mon.
Some Japs crawled up on us last night. The guards shot the hell out of one, but they only found hunks of his hide laying there this morning. He must have had buddies who dragged him away.

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May 1-8, 1945

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May 1945

Still waiting in Santa Cruz. Hot as Hell. 90-100 degrees.

2nd Wed.
Still waiting in Santa Cruz. Hot as Hell.

3rd Thurs.
Joined the boys, who were ferrying on the Davao river. 506 does it again on the L.E.

4th Fri.
Brought some letter to us at the front. Still ferrying. Fired on us again today. Sure is hot and miserable. Sure glad for the letters.

5th Sat.
Japs attached perimeter. No damage. Germany is done.

6th Sun.
Still under artillery fire. Tough going.

7th Mon.
Still on the Davao River. Sure raise hell with us every night. Feel OK. Sure would like to be settled down and away from this all night noise.

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