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February 17, 1942

The morning paper gives the details of the surrender of Singapore. Bataan and Corregidor still hold. I thought I saw a moving boat in the bay today and my heart sank. Jumped to the conclusion that Corregidor had already fallen, for no boats could get into Manila Bay without passing Corregidor, and I am not optimistic enough to think that it could be ours. But it was only an old hulk the Japanese had raised and fixed up to use between Manila and Cavite, where they now have huge gun emplacements aimed at Corregidor. Lying rumor has it that it was sunk this afternoon by our guns on Corregidor, but I fear it isn’t true.