John P. Horan IV

John P. Horan IV

(July 5, 1891 — July 31, 1985), Colonel. Commanding officer of Camp John Hay at the outbreak of World War II. Received USAFFE permission to organize a guerrilla unit, the 121st Infantry Regiment. Surrendered, May 10, 1942.

Dec. 8, 1941

At 6:05 Major Speth phoned me that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. Turned the radio on and at 6:15 the news was confirmed. Called Capt.

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Dec. 9, 1941

Major Allen repaired damaged to post utilities. Lt Bach injured the day before so I put Capt Starnes in charge of cleaning up Mess. Called

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Dec. 10, 1941

Japs internees moved into Mess. Allen cleaning up utilities. Lt. Worthington, Balatoc, offered to build dug out for radio. Put Fellows in charge. It functioned

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Dec. 11, 1941

Fellows phoned Suyoc and Lepanto go help Distr. Engrs. demolish roads north of Baguio per USAFFE instructions. He has been very level headed. Moved the

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Dec. 12, 1941

Mr. Hazlewood, Balatoc Mine, started real work on dug out tunnel. Also on road demolition near Murphy’s position on Naguilian rd. Calvert and I targeted

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Dec. 14, 1941

Seven planes came overhead but dropped no bombs. Inspected Murphy’s position again. Well located.

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Dec. 16, 1941

Visited outpost. All well. Had expected only 45 Jap internees. Have over three hundred. Hiyakawa, Yammamoto and Nagatomi in charge. Good men.

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Dec. 18, 1941

Japs reported at many places along west coast. Placed all of Co A on Naguilian rd. and part of Co B on Kennon rd.

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Dec. 20, 1941

Things not going well near Bacnotan. Troops reported surrounded by Japs and reinforcements reported coming up Kennon rd. to move down Naguilian.

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Dec. 21, 1941

86 Japs transports visible in Lingayen Gulf. Took USAFFE orders down to Naguilian to Col Bonnett to have him withdraw all troops to join USAFFE.

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Dec. 22, 1941

Upon return to camp at 7:00 AM learned that Maj Fellows had heard that parachute troops had landed at Trinidad. He ordered the post evacuated

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Dec. 24, 1941

Received word from USAFFE to “Save your command. Take to Mt. Trails” ordered Col Bonnett to take all PA troops with him to Bobok by

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Dec. 25, 1941

At seven oclock Lt Gasperini and I started for the top of the Mt. The worst hiking I have ever done. Several times I was

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Dec. 26, 1941

The 43rd Inf began to come in during the day, completely tired out. It was night before they all got in. We slept in a

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Dec. 27, 1941

Mr. Jorgensen put us on the trail but gave us the wrong one. He sent us to Dyaca inward of Kyappa instead of toward Kyappa

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Dec. 28, 1941

Slept at Dyaka mine. The other Americans had gone on ahead the preceding day. Leaving Dyaka we went up hill on a easy ten percent

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