May 5, 1942

A Jap battery on Bataan fired all afternoon. I finally got a fire mission and was able to reply with fifty rounds during the early evening. One of my men was killed during the encounter, Pfc. Cavo. Enemy fire stopped about 6 PM. I was later told in prison camp that the Nip battery had been knocked out. Told by American troops who were still in Bataan but, of course, I have no proof. My battery ceased fire at 6 PM. At 8 PM, I received a phone call from regimental headquarters informing me that Nips had landed Bottomside. No immediate action was desired but I was told to be ready to move out as an infantry company on notice to defend the beach. A succession of these messages, found me moving out at 11 PM as an infantry company under Major Glassburn.

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