Diary of John P. Burns

February 7, 1942

Quiet day. Brought in several prisoners today, one spoke English. Small men. Think I’d know one if I saw him loose. Attempted landing, few got ashore, with others.

A scheme to dynamite the Japanese in the caves only collapsed some of the caves. In the afternoon, Dyess was ordered to send an officer and 12 men from his squadron to Mariveles to embark on landing craft for transport during the night to Quinauan Point, where they were to assault the beach at daybreak the following day. Dyess assigned himself to head up the operation and added 2d Lt. Jack Donalson of his squadron too. 

To the north, at Silaiim Bay, several new attempts were made by the Japanese this night to land reinforcements, with some 75 managing to get ashore. They were wiped out.