January 21, 1939

I've been discussing lately, with Mamie, exactly what to do in the way of asking for a definite terminating date for my tour. When we were put on the foreign service roster (Jan. 1, 1938) our tours of duty were automatically extended to Oct. 20, 1938. After Jimmy's death the President asked me to extend..

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January 18, 1939

Major De Lalande, representative of Brant Co. (Paris) made another visit to Manila. He's frightened we are going to buy a small amount of mortar equipment from American Armament Co. He talked & talked so much that he has convinced me that his company really fears A.A. Co. as possible competitor.  But he convinced the..

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January 10, 1939

Recently I gave a luncheon for 40 people at the Manila Hotel in honor of Gen. Santos, retiring Chief of Staff, and of Gen. Valdes, newly appointed to that post. The circumstances under which the change was made, gave a popular impression that everyone, including this office, was trying to kick Santos out. My luncheon..

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December 12, 1938

I've played bridge recently with Pres. Q: once for a weekend on the Casiana; once for an afternoon at Malacañan. He's a peach of a player but somewhat unorthodox in bidding. Today I'm scheduled to give a talk to 31st Infantry officers on Philippine Defense Plan. It will be fun to address a bunch of..

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November 15, 1938

As a result of my inspection of American Armament Equipment, and of the information we've received from the U.S. Ord (Ord. mortars & amm.) will not be ready for sale for at least 1 more year at quantity production prices, since all technical problems are not yet licked. I came back here and suggested the..

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November 10, 1938

Arrived in Manila from the States on Nov. 5, and found a vastly different situation, so far as it affects me and my work, than from the one existing when I left on June 26. First of all, the General has apparently been stricken with the same obsessions with respect to me that he suffered..

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December 13, 1937

We had considerable excitement recently due to forced landings by three of our airplanes while they were returning from a southern island trip. On eastern shore of Luzon they ran into the edge of a typhoon area, and, practically out of gas, each had to seek a spot to get down. One plane reported in..

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October 11, 1937

These notes were originally started more as an "aide memoire" --and as a matter of possible future interest have obviously become necessary as a protection against changes in orders and directives. Changes in plans are of course always necessary when the period for their execution extends over a decade, and their details include all the..

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