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Basilio J. Valdes

Basilio J. Valdes

Basilio J. Valdes, M.D. (July 10, 1892 –January 26, 1970), soldier, doctor, cabinet member, businessman. Chief of Staff, Philippine Army, 1939-1945; Secretary of National Defense in the Quezon and Osmeña War Cabinets, 1941-45. Professor of Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Medical Director of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, 1948-1970.

December 10, 1941

The night was peaceless. The alarm was sounded at 5 a.m. The enemy planes again bombarded Nichols Field and Fort McKinley. My little girl is

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