Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jan

29

1943

Christmas for U.S. POWs on the Philippines

American POW of Japs giving his buddy a drink at Cabanatuan prison camp on the Philippines.

First of all, there was coffee – a concentrate which tasted better than any steaming cup I had ever drunk to cheer an icy night on the bridge of a ship at sea. It was the first I had tasted since a smuggled sip in Old Bilibid Prison, back in Manila. There were chocolate bars, there was cheese, there were tinned meats and sardines, there were cigarettes, and there was a portion each of tea, cocoa, salt, pepper and sugar. Best of all, there were sulfa drugs and precious quinine!