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Silence of a Soldier

former prisoners were airlifted out of Camp Hoten. This included officers and soldiers. On August 27, 1945,
thirty officers and men were airlifted. Among these were Lt. General J.M. Wainwright who surrendered
Corregidor in 1942 and Major General E.P.King who surrendered Bataan in 1942. On 30 August, 14 were
evacuated. On the same day 47 other men departed but a record of there names is not available.On September
4,1945 another 37 were airlifted. On 2 and 10 September, 23 men were airlifted. Beginning September 11,
1945, 44 officers and 587 enlisted men were sent by train to Korea to board hospital ships. On this list, the name
of Corporal Smith Merrill # 36115779 of the Corps of Engineers ( the subject of Silence Of A Soldier)
appeared.
THE DESTRUCTION OF MANILA
The account of the destruction of Manila is based on testimony collected from eye- witnesses by the US
forces which liberated Manila. The testimony was under oath. The reports are condensed. The once proud city
of Manila is dead. The churches, convents, schools and universities have been reduced to rubble by the
Japanese.The civilian population has been starved, raped, burned, murdered, mutilated and bayoneted, including
small infants.The orders for these atrocities came directly from Tokyo. The destruction of Manila was not the
act of crazed troops. It was a operation carefully planned by General Yamashita and the Japanese high
command.
Excerpts:
In the first three weeks of February,1945, The Japanese began to destroy methodically the churches,
convents and charitable institutions in the inner city (Intramuros) St. Tomas University, the Manila Cathedral,
hospitals and libraries were either bombed or set ablaze. The occupants of these institutions were locked inside
the buildings when they were set afire. Orphans, foundlings, sick people in hospitals and insane people in the
Asylums were locked into their institutions to be burned to death along with the incinerated buildings. On
January 25, 1945, Japanese soldiered entered the facility of the Philippine Red Cross.They bayoneted or shot
doctors, nurses, babies with their mothers, young girls, some of whom they raped. On February 12, they entered
Lasalle College. There were seventy people within the premises. The inhabitants were slain with sabers,
bayoneted, or shot. On February 23, 1945, in one charitable institution, 50 people were shot in the head with
their hands tied behind their backs. A few blocks away another 30 bodies suffered the same fate. On February
24,1945, an air-tight food vault was opened to reveal the bodies of close to 300 people suffocated in the
cramped 15 by 18 foot space. The Spanish Consulate flying the Spanish flag was set afire killing more than fifty
people within. Filipinos in the outlying areas faired no better. In Calamba, 5000 men, women and children were
slaughtered and the town decimated. At the Medical School of the University of the Philippines 190 students
and faculty were locked into one room in which the furniture had been soaked with gasoline. The doors were
locked and the room set afire. Only three people survived. Dr. Frankel a university surgeon lived to tell the
terrible story. Captured Japanese documents record the death of 1000 civilians. Men were shot after their
genitals had been cut of. Women were mutilated by having their breast slashed off with sabers. Children were
bayoneted. Area by area, block by block homes and buildings were torched. Whole neighborhoods disappeared.
These are only a few of the evils perpetrated on the Filipinos by the Japanese As the war drew to an end, the
Japanese forces took their revenge on the defenseless civilian population. When they were finished, Manila had
been leveled. The people lay dead everywhere, in the streets, in the buildings in the schools and in the churches.
 
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