WW2 POW Journal discovered in Philippines
I was looking through some old books at a library in Cavite City, Philippines, where I live, and found several pages of a form of diary written into the blank pages at the beginning and end of this particular book.
The author was at the time of the writing, according to what is written anyway, an American POW of the Japanese being held in a camp in Bataan in 1944.
The gist of this short but fascinating diary is that this POW (I'll withhold his name until this can be verified) was one of three prisoners who were picked out of his camp and taken by boat from Bataan to Sangly Point Naval Base and then housed apart from any others and then used to dig several deep holes in sites where wooden crates holding gold bars and wrapped in soaked oil cloth and canvas were then lowered into these holes and buried. The prisoner knew of the contents simply because a couple of the crates broke open during the digging and burying.
The four sites chosen to bury these crates were also used as graves for the Japanese soldiers who guarded the men as they dug the holes and buried the crates. New guards were used each time simply because the ones used each time were shot and buried with the crates obviously to keep anyone from telling tales.
The prisoner knew as well that the last hole they dug would be their grave as well.
Included in the pages (3) are crude maps of the sites. I need someone who knows anything about this area during that time to look at these pages and give an assessment as to their validity.
I have not told anyone other than my wife of this find and am not going to draw attention to myself by going out and digging or anything like that.
Anyone, anywhere with any knowledge or information for me please contact me at my email address to give me some idea as to how to proceed from here.