December 1, 1941

Today, as diplomatic talks in Washington between Japan and USA are going on, British Far East Commander Admiral Sir Tom Phillips RN arrived in Manila to confer with US High Commissioner Francis B. Sayre, USAFFE Commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur and US Asiatic Fleet Commander Adm. Thomas C. Hart USN, regarding the Defense Plans for the..

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November 1941

The General came down to my living quarters, right under his own. Characteristically he had his wife telephone me for the appointment and he came down in his bathrobe. The occasion was a dispatch from the War Department about Army reinforcements on the way .. . . after extolling the Big Show which he would,..

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November 3, 1941

My friend, Lt. Sidney L. Huff, our Naval Advisor, once told me that since Gen. MacArthur assumed CG, USAFFE he had repeatedly requested Washington to beef up Air Units in the Phil. Today, the encouraging development is the arrival of Maj. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, USAAC, who will assume a new and bigger command named..

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October 24, 1941

For the past few months, Gen. MacArthur, as CG, USAFFE had made repesentations with Pres. Quezon for additional lands in the perimeter of Clark Field to increase its capacity to accommodate the planes he anticipated coming from the USAAC. Purchase negotiations  were having difficulties due to agrarian demands by certain sectors in Pampanga led by..

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October 6, 1941

Our general mobilization is going according to schedule in all ten PA Military Districts. Personnel of the 2nd Regimental PA Reserve Divisions started reporting for duty in their respective Centers last Oct. 2.  By 1946, when we gain our independence, the defense plan would have trained adequate personnel with necessary armaments. OSP will have 50..

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September 28, 1941

PT (Patrol Torpedo) Squadron 3, USN under Lt. John D. Bulkeley arrived today in Cavite.  PT Boats are the USN version of the British MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat) like our Q-Boat acquired from England in 1939.  When MacArthur was shopping for Torpedo Boats, the USN had none, and after some serious thoughts, started their own..

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September 23-26, 1941

General MacArthur had sent all the women home in May of 1941 but there was some social life. There were a number of stag parties. Good native servants were still available who did all the cooking, cleaning up and so forth. On Sept. 23, the 59th had a party at Capt. Julians. Sept. 26, there..

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August 18, 1941

Gen. MacArthur as CG, USAFFE orders the establishment of a Command and General Staff  School (CGSS) in Baguio to train prospective Division Commanders and their Staff. Orders for all reserve officers and EMs (trainees that completed their 5 1/2 months training) are out for them to report to their respective units for mobilization in all..

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August 15, 1941

This is a significant day for our young 5-year old Phil. Army.  In consonance with Pres. Roosevelt's order last July 26, the Phil. Army Air Corps (PAAC) is the first unit of PA inducted to the USAFFE today.  What is remarkable is the inducting officer is Gen. MacArthur himself who swore the PAAC under the..

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