Lt. Col. Jesse T. Trayvick USA, Wainwright’s emissary traveling under a flag of truce accompanied by a representative of Gen. Homma, did not find difficulties delivering the “surrender orders” to Visayas-Mindanao USFIP CG, W. F. Sharp who, in turn, immediately issued written surrender orders to all his subordinates: B/Gen. Albert Christie, Panay; Col. Roger Hilsman, Negros; Col. Irvin Schrader, Cebu; Col. Arthur Grimes, Bohol and Col. Ted Carrol, Samar-Leyte. It is reported that all USA personnel and a few hundred Filipinos surrendered in compliance with Gen. Wainwright’s orders but many PA units led by their O’s, specially in Panay and Negros refused to surrender. In Panay where the bulk of the 61st Div. is assigned are my classmates Lts. Amos Francia, Ramon Gelvezon and Pedro M Yap who believe Gen. Wainwright had no more authority to give orders after he became a POW. Apparently, they were able to convince their Philippine superiors like Majors Macario Peralta and Nick Velarde and so when their Div. Comdr. Christie told them about the surrender at Mt. Baloy, Peralta and Velarde categorically replied their refusal stating their plans to continue to fight the enemy. Gen. Christie seemed to understand and even left the remaining funds to the Div. Fin. O. Meanwhile, in Negros my classmates there are Lts. Uldarico Baclagon, Abenir Bornales and Epifanio Segovia and they also were able to convince their superiors, Captains Ernesto Mata and Salvador Abcede, to disregard the surrender orders of Col. Hillsman. In Southern Luzon and Bicol Area, surrender emissary B/Gen. G. Francisco delivered the orders and like in the Visayas, only the Americans and a few Filipino USFIP members complied and surrendered.
News we got in Manila today states that Washington (DC) orders all German Consulates in USA be closed. At the same time, Canadian Prime Minister King pledges total support to British war effort. On the other hand, Turkey signs Friendship Pact with Hitler.
I also have seven magnificent classmates in the Civil Engineer (CE) Corps, an elite branch that qualifies only those who graduated with the first 10% bracket in academics. The CE Corps is also a new PA branch of Sv organized in late 1936 at a remote place east of Camp Murphy at Santolan Road. As of this date, my seven classmates in the CE are: Lt. Licurgo Estrada, Aide to Def Sec Teofilo Sison; Lt Washington Sagun, (my wife for two years) ExO, 31st Engr Bn; Lt Cipriano de Leon, ExO, 81st Engr Bn; Lt Reynaldo Bocalbos, Cadre Comdr, Engr Cadre, Calape, Bohol; Lt Pedro M Yap, ExO, 1st Engr Bn; Lt Pedro B Francisco, ExO, 71st Engr Bn; and Lt Ramon Olbes, ExO, 51st Engr Bn. Lts Licurgo Estrada and Pedro Yap were full pledge Civil Engineers when they entered PMA. Lt Olbes was originally with us at the OSP but due to sea sickness, transferred to CE. He was also the Baron at PMA for two years, a record difficult to surpass.
Let me tell you about the three remaining classmates whose whereabouts have not been covered. Two of them joined the Signal Corps namely Lt Jose Rodriguez who is presently assigned as Instructor at the Signal Troop School in Fort Mckinley. The other, Lt Amos Francia, a fellow Bulakenio and a relative is the Div Signal O, 61st Div. The third, Lt Florencio Causin, the best class horseman went to the Cavalry and is at present assigned to PMA as Equitation Officer.
Just as the practice today, before graduation, we were given three choices of branch of service listing by priority. Many of my classmate chose the PAAC, OSP, CAC. FA, Inf, etc but none the PC because we felt that one does not need to have a BS degree to do police work. Our mind was conditioned to technical matters to apply the vast academic knowledge we have. On my part, I chose the OSP as I predicted a maritime Philippines of more than 7,000 islands whose territorial area is 75% water needs sea power as its primary defense like Japan and England to be a great nation. Capt. Jose V Andrada, USNA ’31, then C,OSP came personally to PMA to interview the many applicants and I was lucky to be among the magnificent seven selected. This accounts for all the 79 members of Class ’40 and their whereabouts.