Lewis C. Beebe

Lewis C. Beebe

(December 12, 1891 – February 2, 1951), Brigadier General; Assistant Chief of Staff, USAFFE (later, USFIP).

January 7, 1942

A beautiful sunrise this morning. This is one of the most magnificent settings imaginable, from a scenic point of view. Islands, mountains, sea, tropical foliage—one

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January 8, 1942

A very quiet day as far as I am concerned. We had no bombing again today, which caused much speculation as to reasons. My idea

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January 9, 1942

Another bombless day. Everyone is wondering what is keeping the Japs away for so long. They haven’t even bombed Bataan. However, I suppose they will

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January 10, 1942

Another bombless day. Had one air alarm this p.m. and learned that 23 Jap planes were reported in vicinity of Mariveles, but none visited us.

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January 11, 1942

Japs have scattered all kinds of propaganda in form of printed leaflets in areas occupied by Philippine Army troops, in attempt to get Filipinos to

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January 12, 1942

I feel rather out of sorts today with this cold. It is making good progress. Have been in to see the doctor but the stuff

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January 13, 1942

Still no bombing here, although they are getting it all the time in Bataan. Of course, the planes being used over there are only observation,

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January 14, 1942

Had a little excitement today for a change. We had a couple of false air raid alarms, and then a couple of real ones. They

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January 15, 1942

Jap planes flew around the island today, but don’t believe any came within range of the AA artillery. I imagine they have a healthy respect

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January 16, 1942

The Japs paid us a little visit again today and dropped a few bombs. However the damage was negligible. They lost several planes from the

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January 17, 1942

We are having an unusual amount of cloudy weather for the month of January. We had a little rain today also. The Japs had a

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January 18, 1942

It has been cloudy all day today, and there was a little rain. I have been taking a sunbath at noon each day for the

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January 19, 1942

This has been a very quiet day, not only on Corregidor, but also at the front. There have been no planes over here, and none

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January 20, 1942

It has been a beautiful day—quiet and peaceful as far as Corregidor is concerned. So far as I know not a plane has been over

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February 3, 1942

The Legaspi arrived today, thank goodness, and her cargo was even better than we had any reason to expect. She had 17,000 sacks of rice

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March 13, 1942

The second and last leg of the trip to the south should have been completed by Gen. MacArthur and his staff last night. I haven’t

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March 14, 1942

I have word that Gen. MacArthur and party arrived safely at Destination. However, plans miscarried. They were to have continued last night but missed connections.

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March 15, 1942

Gen. Moore is continuing the mess which was vacated by Gen. MacArthur, thank goodness, and invited me to continue as a member. Most of the

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March 16, 1942

I am still up to my ears trying to move Gen. MacArthur, and now I have to try to move President Quezon too. His boat

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March 17, 1942

Well, we got Gen. MacArthur and his staff moved at least, and that is one thing off my mind. They arrived in Australia today. It

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March 18, 1942

I’ll be a physical and mental wreck yet. At the last minute we received word that seven Jap destroyers were cruising around in the very

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March 19, 1942

Still haven’t heard anything from Gen. MacArthur. I send him the daily operations report, and have asked him numerous questions as to procedure and policy,

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March 20, 1942

Forgot to mention yesterday that I was sworn in as a Brigadier General. My appointment came in by radio from the W.D. and I rank

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March 28, 1942

News release—announced over KGEI in San Francisco last night— stated that President Quezon and his party arrived in Australia yesterday. I thought we might hear

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April 1, 1942

I don’t know whether or not the Japs celebrate April Fools’ Day, but I thought it possible they might try to pull something unusual today.

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April 2, 1942

I believe the rainy season will soon begin in Bataan. It starts in April there as Mariveles Mountain has an influence on the weather. It

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April 3, 1942

Nothing startling has happened today, for we haven’t even been bombed. We had a couple of alarms, but nothing happened. The Jap planes all appeared

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April 4, 1942

Again no bombing today. This makes two days with no bombs. We had a couple of alarms, but nothing came over. One dive bomber was

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April 5, 1942

Attack on Bataan is causing us a considerable amount of worry. Japs have pushed in against 41st and 21st Divisions and have pushed in some

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April 6, 1942

Situation doesn’t look good in Bataan tonight. Philippine Army troops have been bombed and strafed so much that their morale is not good. In addition,

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