Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

January 19, 1945 — Friday

In Tacloban. A gray, rainy day. I was informed today that we have already had 28 inches of rain in January. My work was interrupted by two black outs due to air-raid warnings.

I have been so busy in the office today that I did not go home for lunch. Returned home at 4:30 p.m. and was back at my desk at 7 p.m.

Our attack on Luzon continues. We have captured Urdaneta and Paniqui. The air force has given us excellent support bombing the enemy concentration pool and supply dumps at San Jose, Nueva Ecija causing explosions and fires.