Landed at Sentani Airfield at Hollandia at 7 a.m. We lost one day during the flight when we crossed the international date line. General Sutherland and General Romulo were at the field. We took the cars ready for us and we drove to the General Officer’s Mess for breakfast. I was housed in a two bedroom bungalow with General Romulo. The President and his aide Captain Madrigal occupy the bungalow next to us.
Arrived Hickham Field Honolulu at 6:40 a.m. Admiral Nimitz and his chief of staff Admiral McMaster, Lieutenant General Richardson, Commander General of the region and Brigadier General Ryan, Commander ATC, were at the field to meet me. They accompanied me to the guest house where the President, myself, Colonel Melchor & Captain Madrigal were installed. At 10 a.m. we took off from Hickham Field for Kwajalein. Landed at Kwajalein at 7:30 p.m. Admiral Barnard, Brigadier General Cross ATC and a Major General of the U.S Marines were at the field to greet us. Then we boarded the Admiral’s launch and went to another island where his headquarters are. It was a twenty minute trip which was very welcome as the night was hot & sticky. This is the first atoll I have seen and I was deeply impressed. It is the largest and it consists of a central lagoon 300 square miles in size, surrounded by islands. In his quarters the Admiral served beer and Coca-Cola. I took the latter. Shortly after Commander Peabody, of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and four other musicians gave us an impromptu concert which was very entertaining. At 12 a.m. we took off for Hollandia.
In Hamilton Field, then at 9 p.m. Took off from Hamilton Field. The trip was quite rough at times.
Left Washington at 1:30 p.m. for the non—stop flight to Hamilton Field California. Arrived there 2:30 a.m. (Wednesday October 4).
Busy all day. Had dinner with Captain Eloy Alfaro former Ambassador of Ecuador.
Attended 12:45 Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Justice Murphy was seated in front of me. I had luncheon at Marguerrie’s Then at 3 p.m. left New York for Washington.
Went to the War Department had conference with President Osmeña and Major General R.J. Marshall, Deputy Chief of Staff of General MacArthur. President Osmeña expressed his objection to the tentative plan for Civil Affairs Directive, in which the Commonwealth Government should not lose the powers and prerogatives granted by the Constitution and laws of the Philippines, and which it exercised before the surrender of Corregidor.
Arrived Washington airport 4 p.m. Proceeded immediately to the office to see President Osmeña.
At 3:30 a.m. I left Lennon’s hotel by car for Amberley Air Field. Arrived there at 4:35 a.m.Took off from Amberley Air Field on a C-54 at 6:35 a.m. I am occupy my Compartment — C. At 8:00 a.m. I heard on the radio that U.S Navy planes are bombing Manila and that Martial Law has been declared in the Philippines. We landed at 12:17 p.m. in Tantoula (1:17 p.m. local Time) Ate lunch. At 1:20 p.m. we took off (2:20 p.m. local Time) and landed at Nandi. Repeated Saturday due to date line. From Nandi we landed at Honolulu (Hickham Field). At 3:30 p.m. Had late luncheon and took off at 7:45 p.m.