My Life in the Service

The diary of Levi Chapiewsky

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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 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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Mar 12-31, 1945

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12th Mon.
Went to White Beach for additional bridge equip. Looks like a preparation.

13th Tues.
Cleaned up, slept an wrote a letter.

Nothing new. Hot as Hell.

16th Fri.
Went after vegetables again. Had good luck.

17th Sat.
Laid around all day.

18th Sun.
A few showers of rain. Slept – played pinochle.

Nothing new. Damn hot.

22nd Thurs.
1st air raid I’ve been in while on Luzon was tonight. Got three letters.

Nothing new – nothing to do.

Nothing new. Still laying around waiting. Got a hell of a letter from Marine today and was never so close to calling it quits. I have about given and don’t give a damn what happens.

30 Fri.
Feel low. Same old crap.

31st Sat.
Our last day here. We’ll load out tomorrow on 3 LST’s. Got paid this PM for two months – Jan. and Feb. Made a nice deposit again. It sure counts up. Another month gone by and every day is a day closer to home.

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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 24-25, 1945

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24th Wed.
Hard work today. Unloading heavy trucks and putting in sway braces. No decent tools to work with either. Damn disgusting 10 hr. shifts. Hot.

25th Thurs.
Hot as Hell, 100 degrees. By the time I eat supper and take a bath it’s time for bed again. No chance to mail a letter and no chance to get any. Am dog tired. Been hard work.

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Nov 22 – Dec 2, 1944

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22 Wed.
No change. Still raining. Temp 97 degrees.

23 Thurs.
31 letters. What a happy day. Big air raid. Saw real action with the Nips really losing. No turkey or chicken. Got pictures from Australia.

24 Fri.
Wrote an article for the paper. Am on quarters with a skin disease.

25 Sat.
Another big raid. Still answering letters.

26 Sun.
Sending article to the Liberty May. Good dog fight this A.M. Three goros came – none went back. How those P-38’s can fight.

On quarters with a skin disease. Been writing letters.

30 Thurs.
Started on the fixed bridge, 12 hr. shift. Air raids all night.

1 Fri.
Tough dirty miserable day. No mail and no chance to write.

2 Sat.
Got 1 letter from Marine. Wrote her a nice letter and sent out xmas greetings. On guard, worked hard all day. Damned tired.

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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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July 5, 1944

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4th Wed.
Went on to Kumaua, the nicest village so far. The boss man’s Mary was having a baby and things were very quiet here. Everyone stayed in their huts. Rained quite a bit. Rested most of the day. Hunted a little. Also had similar church services and still better boys choir. Went to bed early.

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March 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

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