Diary of Ramon A. Alcaraz

December 8, 1941

I will not forget this day as long as I live.  Although my Q-Boat was on “war footing” condition since last Nov. 27, the seriousness of its implications did not hit me till early today when I first heard the radio announcement of the Japanese surprise attack against the US naval and military facilities at Pearl Harbor.  From my calculations, the attack started about 0800 Dec. 7 Hawaii time which was about 0300 Dec. 8, Manila time.  I can not believe Japan will do this as I have great faith in the US military strength.

Before noon, a large number of high flying Japanese planes bombed Camp John Hay, Clark Field and Iba air facilities.  Late in the afternoon, I heard a radio news that a state of war with Japan was announced by US President Roosevelt.

From 1800 to 2200H, Q-112 patrolled Parañaque-Navotas coastline 2 miles offshore.

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