We were ordered by Lt. Villamor of the BN S-2 to locate a site for our camp. We found a nice shady place along the Lamao River. We immediately started to build papags (sleeping cots made of wood). A few yards from us was the Philippine Army Air Corps encampment. Today, I saw my first cousin (son of Papa’s brother, Tio Toñing) Lt. Antonio Misa of the Air Corps and some other friends. Antoñito very kindly gave me all the four canned goods that he had in reserve. Boy! Do the Air Corpsmen eat! That afternoon, I also met Antoñito’s brother, Buck Private Francisco Misa. He enlisted in the Philippine Constabulary.
Seeing two trucks of the Bureau of Prisons, I immediately searched for the drivers to get news from home. I wasn’t able to locate any of the drivers but I met Major Navarro, a close friend of the family. He told me to go to him in case I needed anything. I thanked him but said I needed nothing.
We sailed yesterday on the S.S. Cleveland, via Hong Kong-Shanghai-Kobe-Yokohama-Honolulu-San Francisco. In Shanghai we are doing some shopping, principally with respect to fur coats, of which Mamie has ordered two. I hope she gets some use out of them.
There were many despedidas. Gen. & Mrs. Valdes gave us a nice dinner; Oak Room of Hotel. The Air Corps gave me a luncheon, an aerial review and a present of a desk set, including two Shaeffer pens. Sec. Vargas gave us a dinner, with a present to Mamie of a full luncheon set in Piña. The P.A. gave a review for me (the Camp Murphy command) after which Capinpin and his officers presented me with a Hamilton watch. The President gave us a very large, official luncheon at Malacañan. That was the day before we left, and the climax of the whole round of parties. At the boat were many friends, both American and Filipino. Gifts included lots of flowers, champagnes, whiskies, books, etc., etc. The P.A. Band played on the pier until we were through the breakwater. Coupled with all this were many speeches, flattering comments, etc., including a newspaper editorial, so that all in all we not only felt we had made many fine friends, we were made to feel that our going was sincerely regretted in Manila.
As a final gesture, Sec. Vargas told me that, with the approval of the President, he was giving me a bonus of two months per diems (not including hotel allowance). This will be $1000.00 –which will be a real help when we start buying uniforms, auto, etc., etc. We have succeeding up our Riggs Acct. to approx. 10,000.00
So now we go back to the American Army –and I’m looking forward with the keenest anticipation to service in a regiment.