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May 1 25 of us under Lieut Yost left on launch for home 8 miles down the bay called Castillo was quartered in President house pretty nice town laid around all day quite at night

May 2 Laying around all day was going on a hike but posponed until night 10 of us 5 natives and Lieut left at 10. PM to capture a Capt arrived at 3.30 AM

May 3 Slept until 6 AM started back road bad very muddy captured 6 guards on ug (?) back arrived at 11 AM Launch been waiting a hour for Presidente got all his future on board we ate dinner and went aboard arrived Sorsogon at 1 PM had grd duty

May 4 Had regular weekly inspection 8. AM

May 5 Cock fighting, clear

May 6 Col with 4 of our men rowed across the bay to shoot ducks 1st Batt had dress parad at 4.45 PM very warm

May 7 Very warm everybody watching for the transport 2 Batt had dress parade went on guard at 4.30 at Guard house saw a comet at night

May 8 Very warm walking post relieved from guard at 5 PM went to see Reg - dress parade

May 9 On old guard fatigue all we turned in our Guns bolts bayonets and ammunition relieved from old guard at 5.45PM

May 10 Warm and clear had Exercise at 8 AM steamer Vezoaya came in Steamer Adelanta came in with little mail read 1 letter company marched down to hdqr and turned guns in very warm all day

May 11 Had inspection in full khaki uniform by Capt launch came in at 1 PM Drew rations for 10 days

May 12 Sunday nothing doing hemp boat came in brought little mail.

May 13 Setting up exercise got news from Manila that Transport Ohio be in today

May 14 Had reveille at 4.30 AM packed Company properly on sail boat and awaited transport which did not come we unrolled our bags and stayed on boat all night

May 15 Everything upside down boat came in at 8 am. the Colonel was so anxious to be relieved that he started us out before he knew what it was when we got out to the boat it started to rain the boat was the U.S.A. T. Wright with supplys it left a Major of the 15 inf here we started back to town all soaken wet we got some fresh beef. rained all night

May 16 Still raininging boat went out at 8 am fellows looking for boat expect boat in tomorrow

May 17 Transport Ohio came in at 7 am packed up and went aboard at 2.30 PM left Sorsogon 5.30 PM Gunboat Don Juan de Austria had beef for supper laid outside of harbor all night

May 18 passed Bulan Matnog and Gubat passed through Straits of San Bernardino beef for breakfast passed Legaspi bay at noon Anchored at San Jose at 4.30 PM Co H came aboard E and S came aboard next morning

May 19 Still loading boat left at 11 AM for Virave Island of Co-tanduanes (Catanduanes) laid in bay from 3 PM loading on C co Frisco Reyes came in at 5 PM

May 20 Left for Legaspi arrived at 10 Oclock loaded Co I and F met Bob Hurd first time for 16 months left for Manila at 4.30 PM passed legtthons (?) at embrace of Straits

May 21 Sailing in China sea ran into a storm at 8 PM reached Manila at Midnight

May 22 Transports Thomas Kilpatrick Pennsylvania and hospital ship Relief Asiatic fleet laying off of Cavete (Cavite) started to unload at 9 AM Marched to Camp Wallace on the Lunetta alongside of the 42 inf U.S.A.

May 23 Mounted guard at 8.45 on No 1 post receiving fresh beef bread and plenty ice water

May 24 Came off guard slept in Morning in after noon went into the City of Manila

May 25 On old guard fatigue had all clothing inspected and disinfected 11 men out of our Co mustered out here

May 26 Reveille at 4 AM packed baggage left Comy at 10 am for boat Major a farewell well speech to us before we went boarded Transport Thomas laid in harbor all night Batt 49 Inf came aboard also 3 Companies and band of 38 inf

May 27 Had inspection by Capt Hart laid in bay all day and night. Slum three times a day

May 28 Left Manila at 4 am. boat sailing very slowly. storm at night 280 miles

May 29 Inspections quarters boat rocking had salt water soup issued sea very rough with light 288 miles rain

May 30 Decoration day held regular service 21 shots fired and National am by the band raining weather is getting very cold 289 miles

May 31 Muster and Inspection by colonel saw a large boat 100 Yds away from ship still continuing to be cold 300 miles


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