December 30, 1941

We expected to have a raid today but were agreeably surprised. Not a hostile plane flew over the island. Possibly they are going to let us relax a little again so as to catch us unprepared. The result of the raid yesterday has been to reduce the morale of the Filipino laborers. We have had several alarms today, none of which were real, but the Filipino laborers take to the bushes and many of them fail to return. They are deathly afraid of the bombs. It has become a problem to keep them in hand so as to accomplish necessary labor. We have a large number of barges and ships full of supplies to unload, and it must be done as soon as possible. Two ships in the harbor were hit during the raid yesterday and are burning. Both have a large quantity of flour in their holds.

We are getting organized in the tunnel but find it necessary to rearrange the entire setup. We have too many officers and clerks to fit into one small tunnel. The General now has a desk here also, but does not sleep here. He stays in the C.G.’s house at Topside, and had a close call yesterday during the raid. The Japs are still pushing in from the north, and are now trying to work around our right on Route No. 5. They are now working south from Cabanatuan toward Manila.

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