Diary of Ramon A. Alcaraz

October 1, 1942

Yesterday morning, upon learning the ship that will take us, the newly commissioned BC officers to their assignments in Visayas and Mindanao will leave Manila in four days, I decided to enter San Lazaro Hospital.  My cousin, Dr. A. D. Lipana UST ’27 has a classmate who is an official at the hospital and was able to make arrangements that I be admitted as emergency patient ostensibly suffering from severe malaria.  This way, I thought I will miss the ship and my Lanao assignment.

At 0800 this morning, an ambulance from the hospital took me from my Tennessee residence in Malate and effective today, I am a patient at San Lazaro Hospital “suffering from severe malaria duly recorded with high fever”.

I sent a letter to BC HQ, copy furnished my friend Lt. Fukushima, about my hospitalization. I also requested my cousin to make sure the documentation of my hospitalization and illness are complete for any future investigation.

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