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Help Is On The Way

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Help Is On The Way

The Santo Tomas Diary of Annette and Scotty Marsh
  • edited by Ann Marsh Hillegas
    • Merriam Press World War 2 Memoir
      • Second Edition 2012
      • 128 6×9-inch pages
      • 8 photos
Scotty and Annette Marsh were born and raised in Wisconsin. They were childhood sweethearts but it would take many years, and living halfway around the world, before Scotty convinced Annette to marry him. Scotty was a banker with the National City Bank of New York, assigned to the Far Eastern District.  He eventually wound up in Manila, Philippine Islands. They were married March 13, 1939. They had two daughters, born in 1940 and 1941.

Life was good; it was a happy comfortable one – until December 8, 1941, when this story begins. They kept a diary and both Annette and Scotty made entries in the diary.  “Help is on the way” was often spoken by them, and so it seemed to be an appropriate title for their story.

The Japanese arrived in Manila on January 2, 1942.  Annette and Scotty were apprehensive but believed that help was on the way and that they (the Japanese) would soon be driven out. They hid canned goods in the rafters of their house, in holes in the ground and on the roof amidst leaves; they buried valuables in tin cans in the garden. About fifty 5-gallon tins of syrup were buried in a pit 150 feet from the house. The family could have been killed had the Japanese found their “stash”.

The Japanese were taking houses for their own living quarters all over town and they had nerve-wracking visits every few days. For many nights Annette lay awake, fully expecting to never come out alive. To quote her, “When we were picked up for internment, that fear left me—then we had the problem of food”. And so life went for three years, never knowing what would come next. Hope kept them going—hope that help was on the way.

  • Introduction
  • Manila (Scotty)
  • Calamba (Annette)
  • January 6, 1942 (Scotty)
  • Annette
  • Scotty, February 24, 1942
  • November 15, 1942
  • May 17, 1943
  • August 1944
  • September 1944
  • October 1944
  • November 1944
  • December 1944
  • January 1945
  • February 1945
  • March 1945
  • Summary of Santo Tomas by Date
  • Epilogue
  • Santo Tomas Facts
  • List of Persons
  • Appendix: History of the University of Santo Tomas

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