Felipe Buencamino III

Felipe Buencamino III

Felipe Buencamino III (March 28,1920 — April 28,1949), Served in G-2, Philippine Army, in Bataan.

February 4, 1942

Provost Marshall’s Office Corregidor   Will sleep with men here tonight. Tomorrow we will leave for Maragondon, Cavite. From there we shall take the mountain

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February 8, 1942

Manila   Contacted Bataan HQ and reported arrival destination this evening. Everything progressing satisfactorily. Had a hard trip: climbing, walking, walking. Will go around tomorrow

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February 9, 1942

Manila Great change in the City. A lot of dirty Jap soldiers walking up and down Manila sidewalks. Plenty of soldiers. Had to bow. Saw

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February 11, 1942

Manila   The parish priest agrees to use of their convent. Admirable spirit of cooperation. No. 201 is an old man. He has been all

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February 12, 1942

Manila   Singapore falls. This is bad news. Singapore Naval base was very necessary for refueling of convoy. They will be very depressed in Bataan.

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February 14, 1942

Manila   Many Jap atrocities. Saw several tied to posts in front of Jap garrisons. Many brought to Fort Santiago dungeons where they are tortured

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February 20, 1942

Bataan HQ, MIS   President Quezon and family, Gen. Valdes, Vice-President Osmeña and Col. Nieto have left for Visayas. The General said “not to tell

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February 22, 1942

HQ, Bataan   Busy checking reports from outposts all day.   (later)   Aglaloma Battle our greatest victory. Japs landed in rear under cover of

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February 24, 1942

HQ, Bataan   Bert Misa and Saturn Velasco were here a few minutes ago. Touching sight. They looked like lost souls: thin, haggard, dirty, hungry,

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February 25, 1942

Corregidor Malinta Tunnel   Helluva trip. Thought it was the end of the courier boat, passengers and –me. I was telling an American officer who

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February 26, 1942

Corregidor Malinta   Had a nice luncheon with Mr. Roxas, Romulo, Razon, Baby Vargas, and Manny de Leon. We “swiped” some of the chickens in

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February 27, 1942

Corregidor Went to one of the coast batteries. Men were cleaning their guns. The officer in charge said the Japs would not try a frontal

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February 28, 1942

Bataan, HQ, MIS Non-stop bombing. Spent day going in and out of dug-out. If they bomb some more, I will not go to dug-out anymore.

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March 1, 1942

Bataan, MIS, HQ Col. Torralba said the general stated that my resignation is not accepted and that I’d better attend to his papers more diligently.

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March 4, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan   Back from patrol. Reconnoitered in Balanga. Met  several Jap patrols. Japs not there in force. We were very careful. Kept away

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March 5, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Shared the guava jelly with her. We ate under a “cenniguela” tree. Told her story of the patrol activity and skirmish with

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March 5, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Brought Sgt. Sinculan with me during my visit. Sinculan’s ankle was badly hit. He is also on furlough. He was given three

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March 6, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Could not see her today. Could not leave the HQ. Too much bombing. Sgt. Sinculan thinks the bombs were dropped near the

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March 7, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Went to her after sunset. Major Javallera said it was o.k. “Spend your furlough as you please but after that back to

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March 8, 1942

MIS, HQ, Bataan Zamboanga has been occupied at 4:35 yesterday afternoon. Pao Sen, deputy commander of Chinese Red Army was killed during Jap attack on

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March 9, 1942

MIS, HQ, Bataan Heard Mass. Mass was celebrated beside a huge boulder under a tall tree. I was the server and a very clumsy one

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March 10, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Life is getting harder and harder. Morning ration reduced to one handful of ‘lugao’. Sometimes carabao meat is given. It is made

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March 11, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan Japs attempting to penetrate western sector by putting pressure on 1st regular division. Continuous artillery bombardment in eastern front. Three raids this

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March 12, 1942

Corregidor Quiet, uneventful trip crossing Bay. Gatas depressed when he heard President no longer here. He said he heard of it but he was not

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March 13, 1942

Bataan, MIS, HQ Went to an artillery battery. Watched them shell Japs. Beautiful sight. Terrific noise. Ground shook like a banca. Felt concussion in my

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March 14, 1942

Bataan, HQ, MIS   The general looks very depressed. He talked to nobody today. He stayed in his tent smoking his pipe silently. He must

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March 20, 1942

HQ, Bataan, MIS Impressive meeting of all Bataan generals held in heart of one of the Bataan mountains. Wainwright, Commander-in-Chief of USFIP, presided. (Name of

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March 27, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan   Japs have dropped Tribunes carrying story Quezon had died in Iloilo. Everybody had a good laugh. Everybody knows that Quezon is

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March 31, 1942

HQ, MIS, Bataan     Terrific day. Heavy fighting in front. Fred sent to west sector. I went to east. Spent day observing progress of

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April 1, 1942

HQ, MIS, BATAAN   Awakened by “Photo Joe”. Name given to Jap observation plane by Bataan boys is “Photo Joe”. Leonie said: “That means bombing

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