My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

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Feb 17-28, 1945

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17th to the 28th
Was on a trip with 18 men and 9 trucks hauling a Bailey bridge for the crossing of a river at Colombo to aide in the rescue of Americans (2140) at Las Bonas. The river was fordable so the bridge wasn’t used. Saw the Americans at New Bilibid Prison near Santa Rosa. They really looked tough. They were rescued on Feb 22 and they said that all of them were to be shot on the 28th for hoisting the American flag during the past week.

Had a nice time in Santa Rosa where I met Carmen Rosales, the movie queen of the Philippines. She sang 3 songs for us, accompanied by an orchestra and she really has it. Star Dust, My Sister and I, and We Three. Five of us went to her home and were treated to chicos, bananas, and wine. The people here were the friendliest we have met. We were the first troops in Santa Rosa.

The end of another month.


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June 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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Feb 16, 1945

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16th Fri.
Down at the bridge today. Met some swell American people.

George Berben Kotter – Gertrude Berken Kotter
100 Inverness Sta Ana, Manila

Fred Bock – 105 Inverness Sta Ana
Wu Lek – 105 Inverness Sta Ana

Mrs. Ann Wallace Ince – No Address
Wife of Capt. Ince – 31st Inf. Ft. Mills, Corrigidor.
Has two sons with her age 5 and 6. All of these people are in desperate need of food. Are eating dog and horse meat. Makes you sick to see the sad plight of these people in Manila.

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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

Dec 19-28, 1944

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19 Tues.
Ass is still damn sore. Beautiful day, temp 88 degrees.

Nice weather. Still no mail. Lonesome as Hell. Getting equip. ready for next invasion. Won’t be long.

22 Fri.
Nothing new. No mail. No news.

Same old story.

25 Mon.
Christmas day. On guard, some deal. Filipinos had a dance in the kitchen. It was packed. Had their own orchestra and decorations. They danced all afternoon. In the evening the orchestra played xmas carols from house to house. C-47’s (2) dropped hundreds xmas bags over Carigara for the children.

26th Tues.
Drove to Tanauan. Quite a big place and another big airport. I saw hundreds of planes.

27th Wed.
We had our 1st causality tonight when Jerry Kuegler died in the 1st Field Hosp. of Blackwater fever, an aftermath of Malaria. He was 28 years old. A big husky man.

28th Thurs.
Got that skin disease back again under my arm. This is the third time it has come back.

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Dec 18, 1944

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18 Mon.
On guard. Still no mail. Damn disgusted. Sure lonesome for Marine and the boys. How I love them. Natives are playing and planting their rice fields.

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Nov 10-21, 1944

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10 Fri.
Drove to Tacloban, took pictures. Bought souvenirs.

11 Sat.
Beautiful weather. Things are pretty nice now.

12 Sun.
Took things pretty easy all day. Lonesome.

13 Mon.
Down by the beach. Had air raid, 4 Jap B[ombers], Ack Ack got two. Had ringside seat. Beautiful sight.

14 Tues.
(Letter dated Oct. 30) Got 1st letter here from Marine and also Dad[? illegible]. A zero zoomed right over our area at about 100 ft., but never fired a shot. My hole didn’t seem deep enough.

15 Wed.
The rest of the boys came in tonight. But only the last days mail. Had a letter from Mother and one from Joe. Sure miss Marine’s letters.

16 Thurs.
Still no mail. Getting tiresome here.

17 Fri.
No mail. Got a good scaring. On truck again.

18 Sat.
A letter from Marine today sure seemed mighty swell. Was in a bloody mess this A.M. as personnel bombs badly injured 5 natives. The girl I held on the way to the Hosp. had her intestines in her lap. 2 of them have died.

19 Sun.
Worked all day. Fixed a tire. Muddy as Hell.

20 Mon.
Rain, rain, rain.

21 Tues.
No change. No mail.

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April 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

July 7-12, 1944

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7th Friday –
Hunted this A.M. with 8 of the smartest little kids. They could understand what we said and they explained various foods and vegetation and really knew the jungle. Left for camp at 11:30, fifteen miles of rugged country, it just about done all of us. The trip was invaluable as to training our experience, but I wouldn’t want to take another for awhile. It seems that 5 or 6 days is all I can take of field rations. I was entirely off my food the last day and ate very little. At it’s best this was my most exciting and unusual experience.

8th Sat.
The day off for cleaning equipment and washing clothes. It felt mighty good to lay around. Played volleyball tonight.

9th Sun.
Rain and more rain, rested all P.M. and played ball in the rain this P.M. We lost 5-1.

10th Mon.
Nothing new. Hot as hell again.

11th Tues.
On guard at the Ocean Side. No news.

12th Wed.
Rested most of the day. Got the boxes off today – the boys bases and C.A.P. plane.

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April 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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