October 14, 1972

1 11:20 PM Oct. 14, 1972 Saturday Malacañan Palace Manila I have finally decided that in the Land Reform Program we should keep the government out of the transaction for the transfer of ownership of the land to the tenant. It would be a direct transaction between landowner and tenant choosing one of two schemes: 1. Payment in 14 years …

February 26, 1950

Lunch at the Staplers lovely house in Rizal (next door to the Huie home). He is Capt. Jack Stapler’s brother, and in Marsman & Co. He says the outlook for foreign firms in the Philippines is pretty dim, chiefly because they are the only ones which pay 100% taxes. Stapler also spoke of the crowd of American swindlers and carpetbaggers who …

Thurs. Oct. 4, 1945

Lv Clark Field 8:15 A.M., Arr. Yontan Field, Okinawa, 1:25 P.M., reported to rear echelon XXIV Corps. [The Philippine portion of the diary ends here] 0

Tues. Oct. 2, 1945

Lv Antipolo 4:45 PM, proceeded to Nichols Field, Manila, boarded a C-46, flew to Clark Field. 0

January 28, 1945

Barter Clothes Shoes Hatrpins Planes Stockings Walter Robb General’s birthday Rum, Money What an assortment of memoranda! I couldn’t sleep the other night and I jotted down in the dark, since we were under complete blackout, the above items. I am not at all sure what I was thinking about. Barter? I must have been thinking how dumb I am …

January 18, 1945

One day the American troops were delayed in arriving at Manaoag in recapturing the fifteen kilometers which separated it from San Fabian. It took them one week to advance eleven kilometers to Pozorrubio. The cause was the Pugaros. The troops that landed in Lingayen went directly to Manila in forced marches which were not really forced. They could have advanced …

Jan. 7, 1945

14 planes took off at approx 0700. Bombed Appari [Aparri] airfield. Second strike launched at 1300. Bombed Clark Field area. Set several big fires. 0

December 18, 1944

The alarm sounded yesterday, but the skies of Manila were clear of planes. The raids were made over Clark Field and Legazpi. However, we were kept alert by the raid today from 8:00 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon. In the morning a plane was shot down and the pilot parachuted down. A short raid was made in …

September 23, 1944

Manila’s agog. Everybody’s talking and whispering and laughing and dreaming about the raid. Everybody feels the Americans will be here before Christmas. Somebody opined “around New Year” and he was branded a low-down defeatist. A thousand pseudo-generals have sprung with theories on how easily the Americans will retake Luzon. Despite the very tense situation, Manoling’s wedding went on. Very few …