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January 30, 1942

We were sick at heart and depressed today. We heard that Churchill had said that “Singapore will fall.” This news came as a bombshell after all the optimistic rumors we had been hearing.

People who had lived in the Orient for years had almost a fanatical belief in the impregnability of the Singapore Fortress. Now that illusion had vanished. They wondered about Corregidor. If Singapore fell, would Corregidor go next?