All was in readiness for the trip — food, clothes and a portfolio filled with important military information. We were not to take arms with us. We had to talk our way out if stopped by Jap launches rather than put up a hopeless fight. In an effort at secrecy, we left after dark for the fishing barrio of Argao where we were scheduled to get a sailboat that was to take us 280 miles through open sea to our destination: Leyte.
We arrived in Argao only to find a hitch in the preparations. The sailboat was not ready. It would take a full day to fit it for the long and rough voyage.