Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

January 1, 1942 – Thursday

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I attended Mass at 7 a.m. and received Holy Communion. I congratulated the President, Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Roxas, & Manolo Nieto, on their feast day. The morning was quiet.

At 12:45 p.m. the Air-Raid Alarm was sounded. We could hear the bombs exploding, and our guns roaring. The raid lasted two hours. At about 3:30 p.m. the wounded began coming in. Some were badly cut up. I offered my services to assist.

Major Hagen, Medical Corps approached me and told me he had met Tito (my brother) in Iloilo, and that he had been very helpful. He introduced himself and told me to go ahead and attend to the wounded. When the second batch arrived he gave me a case. Major E. C. Cruz helped me treat the wounds and clean the man up.

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