Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

January 20, 1942 – Tuesday

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After breakfast, we left with General Francisco to Juanting Point along the Manila Bay coast of Bataan to inspect our coast defenses. I inspected the 75mm self propelled guns, and machine gun emplacements. Some of the boys were R.O.T.C. Their enthusiasm and morale were excellent.

From this place, I went to Hospital N-2 at Cabcaben, with Major Gonzalez Roxas and Manolo Nieto. There I saw Lieutenant San Agustin and other officers. I stayed with them a while to cheer them up. The beds are placed on the ground and in the open. I hope this war ends before the rainy season, otherwise it is going to be a problem.

From here I took the command car and followed a mountain trail to Barrio San Jose, North of Mariveles, to inspect the Command Post of Major Turingan. We arrived at 2:40 p.m. General Francisco and the other officers were already there. We had luncheon and then we returned by launch to the rock (Corregidor).

President conferred with Captain Lino Conejero.

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