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November 20, 1941 

Disembarked at about 9:00 a.m. Very hot on boat and not much cooler off, Seems like everyone has classmates here but me. Thanksgiving Day.

The Coolidge docked in Manila “amidst playing of “Dixie” by a Filipino band.” They were greeted by “a crowd of soldiers, civilians, and whatnot.” There were no pursuit pilots already based in the Philippines who had graduated from Kelly Field in 41-A with Burns. However, his fellow passenger, 2nd Lt. Don Pagel of the 34th Pursuit, was also a 41-A member, but graduated from Brooks Field, not Kelly.