January 3, 1942

Today has not been particularly exciting, except for a rather long air raid. It seemed to me that the raid signal was on from early this a.m. until a short time ago. There was some bombing by Jap planes, and I was told that our former Hqs is now nothing but ruins, only a skeleton left. In that case, it is much better to be down here. I haven’t been outside much today, except to take a smoke now and then. Being in here reduces my consumption of cigarettes, as I now smoke about 10 per day, whereas I formerly smoked from 20 to 30. We can’t smoke in here because there is so much stored in these tunnels in the form of munitions and gasoline that there is danger of an explosion. Our troops still hold the line in front of Guagua and we are continuing to evacuate stocks from there and from Lubao today. We should have it completed by tonight, or at latest by tomorrow morning. I called Gen. McBride this a.m. and told him that first priority was movement of stocks from Lubao and Guagua to Bataan— that all trucks and necessary personnel to effect the movement were to be employed. Most of the supplies have been moved and it is barely in time, because the line Guagua-Pocac is being attacked tonight. However it is holding at the present time, so all supplies should be evacuated. We are very short on supplies of all classes and must conserve and save everything possible.

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