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May 28, 1941

Today, I got engaged to my American girl friend, Lucy  Johnson of LA.  She and sister Helen are students at American School in Taft Ave. and their Dad, Mr. Richard Johnson is the civilian Head of the USA QM Depot, Port Area, Manila.  Among Lucy’s classmates was Ming Martinez (later became Mrs. FVRamos).  Through the Johnson family, I was gradually introduced to the Manila American Community where I met the daughters of Manila Supe School, Pearl and Ann McCall.  I knew Ann while at PMA and was my drag a couple of times.  I also met Justice and Mrs. Malcolm and the Dir. of Education, Luther Bewley and daughter, Virginia.

Then, there are the Stagner sisters, one of them Rose, became a popular local actress named Rosa del Rosario.  What I consider a most beneficial of my American socialization is my friendship with Lt .Sidney L. Huff, USN, a bachelor serving on the staff of Gen. MacArthur as naval advisor.  Sid and I, both Lts. (I was 3rd Lt. while he was Lt. SG) and bachelors have the same sense of humor. We clicked.