December 29, 1941

Command Post Ft. McKinley   Our division has been ordered by Corps headquarters to retreat and form a new line with a view to defending the Southern entrance of Manila. The general has chosen McKinley as the site of his new command post. The troops are perplexed. "Why should we retreat when the Japs have..

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December 23, 1941

Silang, Cavite Headquarters, 51st Division   Still no action. Troops ready in positions. Morale of men very high. Spent whole day running to a nearby foxhole every time Jap planes flew overhead. Several bombs dropped on grass field near ammunition dump but no damage done. Ate with Silang's parish priest. He gave me ham and..

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December 4, 1935

Moved into my office in Malacañan Executive Building. It is very cool, quiet and delightful. Put in my first morning at writing Christmas letters to go by air mail to my children --beginning with Kiko who was born in the Palace just beside here, nearly 15 years ago. Apparently no announcement of my appointment was..

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