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December 15, 1941

The Japanese again bombed the city just as our patients were having lunch. Fort Stotsenberg continued to take heavy punishment many times a day.

People continued to ask, “Where are our planes?” Hospital personnel had only to look at the grim faces of our wounded pilots to know the answer. But we still didn’t want to believe what was whispered everywhere—that our planes were all destroyed in those first surprise attacks.

But why were they surprise attacks? Wasn’t the nine-hour interval between Pearl Harbor and the first attack on the Philippines sufficient time to put our bombers in the air?

Morale among the patients and hospital personnel was high.

We’ve had only a few of the dreaded gas-bacillus cases; and thanks to sulfathiazole and gentian violet, our wounded and badly burned were recovering.