Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

December 25, 1941 – Thursday




At 12:30 a.m. I attended midnight mass in the hospital tunnel. The mass was said by an American Chaplain, and I received Holy Communion. After Mass the President asked us to be cheerful, and forget our worries, and reveal a real Christmas spirit. It was hard to do when my spirits were so low. Such a sudden separation had taken me by surprise and I had not yet recovered from the shock. What a sad Christmas away from my beloved ones and from my dear child. Well – such is life in the army – and in war.

At 1:30 a.m. I retired. Got up at 7 a.m. The day was dull and the inactivity was very boresome. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m.


Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>