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Final Report— (Continued from Page 1) heavily with large trees/ they stated. "Little had been cut and there were lew people living there. The reason was the mosquitoes. An attempt was made to lumber the area once about 40 years.ago but so many deaths occurred from malaria that the natives pulled out and refused to work. Bataan is about the worst place in the Philippines Philippines for mosquitoes."' Members of the company received received packages through the Kea Cross the first Christmas following the-fall of Bataan, they said. Speaking of George'McCarthy, who hid out in the Philippines for three yean following the fall ot Bttaan, Sgt. Knox said he tad • clever means of obtaining provisions. provisions. ••He would merely write out an order signed «by command of McCarthy,' and give It to a native. native. The Filipinos could not differentifct* between McCarthy and MacArthur BO they got supplies supplies for him quickly." Has Letter from Brunl Among the few tilings which Lt Knox was able to preserve during his period of imprisonment in Japan, Japan, was the last letter written to him by the late Capt. Fred Bruni. The two officers were being.,held in different branch camps of Cabanatuan Cabanatuan at the time the letter was written in 1942. It follows: "To Lt. Henry M. Knox— •'Dear Knox, "How are you and boys? I hope that you are making contact with the boys of the company and the Janesville boys in headquarters company. I would like you to make list of the dead ones and get the cause and date of their death, so we will have something to go by when the day comes. ' I hope the dying -siege is over with. Things are in good shape up here and I wish they were all up to this camp. I mean the .whole battalion. "I would like to visit a few days down at your camp so that I could see and have a talk with them all. Say hello to all the officers and men that you can see. And tell them to keep clean and healthy. For the day is coming and I want to see them all alive. So take good care of yourself and tell the rest goodbye, Knox. And do what I told you. Capt. Bruni." The letter, was delivered to Lt. Knox without knowledge of the Japs.