Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

January 23, 1942 – Friday

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2:00 a.m. Awake watching how the President is. Left tunnel at 6:20 a.m. to go to Chaplain Ronan’s barracks to hear Mass. We had hardly finished the Gospel when someone came to call me, that the President wanted me ASAP, I rushed to his bedside. He had another attack of asthma. I gave him a capsule of Ephedrine Sulfate. He was relieved. Dr. Trepp and I told him that it was necessary for him to transfer to the house. He objected to it. At 9:30 a.m. I returned to the house to have a shave and possibly a little nap. Impossible at 10:20 a.m. a messenger came to call me that General MacArthur wanted to see me. On my way another messenger told me that the President also wanted to see me. I saw the President first, then General MacArthur. General MacArthur informed me that he had seen the President and convinced him of the necessity of sleeping in the house at night. He asked to make all necessary arrangements. I had the room fixed to make it in accordance with blackout regulations. At 5:30 p.m. we transferred him in an ambulance. At 7 p.m. I noticed that he coughed less.

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