H. Beaber - At Los Banos, Philippines - Sunday, January 7, 1945 Morning

It has happened! WE ARE FREE!

For the past few days, heavy bombers have been going over and fighters and dive bombers have been strafing the roads.

It is now 5 AM. The Japanese garrison has left and the guards told our Central Commander that the camp would be turned over to them in an hour or so.

Excitement reigning! The Star Spangled Banner is to be sung soon and the flag – our flag- is to be raised at 6:30 AM.