October 11, 1972

1 12:00 PM Oct. 11, 1972 Wednesday Malacañan Palace Manila The Cotobato (North) leaders, Moslem Tururays and Christian alike, have pledged to keep the peace and support me in the proclamation of martial law and the reformation. But since fighting has broken out in the Magsanoy, Ampatuan, Pikit area I have called them to Manila..

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April 10, 1942

Morning came, and we were ordered to stack our guns and disarm. The white flag was raised on top of the highest hill. All Filipino troops in Bataan were going to surrender together. It was already nine o'clock... but still there were no Japs. We knew we were completely surrounded, but they were taking their..

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April 8, 1942

Bataan Saw a big rat eating what looked like the arm of a soldier strewn near a stream in H.P.D. Saw more troops --hollow-eyed, wasted, exhausted, lips parched with thirst, eyes wild with starvation. Saw corpses of brave men, courageous men being buried by friends, comrades-in-arms. All troops are moving to Mariveles, the southernmost tip..

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April 4, 1942

HQ, Bataan     The Americans in HPD are burning their papers. Others are packing their maps and clothes. They are transferring to Corregidor. This is a clear indication that our days here are numbered. Courier boats leaving for Corregidor are packed with high-ranking officers transferring to the Rock. Personally I prefer to stick out..

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April 3, 1942

HQ, Bataan   Japs pounding the front heavily, continuously, mercilessly. The boys are standing firm, fighting with the littler strength left in their sick, hungry, weary, bloody bodies. What is happening in Bataan today is phenomenal. Here are inexperienced youngsters --schoolboys, trainees, academy undergraduates-- fighting veterans of many campaigns who are numerically and materially superior...

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April 1, 1942

HQ, MIS, BATAAN   Awakened by "Photo Joe". Name given to Jap observation plane by Bataan boys is "Photo Joe". Leonie said: "That means bombing around 'brunch' time." Fred, usually more grim, said: "That also means deaths." Major Javallera who was O.D. said that there was continous artillery firing the whole night. "It must be..

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