December 19, 1941

Today is a historical day for the OSP.  The whole OSP command was inducted into the USAFFE this morning and two hours after the ceremonies at Muelle del Codo, the Japanese bombed Port Area.  OSP HQ was spared but Engineer Island where eight hulls of new Q-Boats are about to be completed was a direct..

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December 12, 1941

Japanese landings in Legaspi and Davao reported.  Ft. Wint and Olongapo also bombed.  I am saddened when my boss and idol Maj. Andrada USNA '30  turned over his OSP command on orders of Gen. MacArthur two days ago to his ExO Captain Enrique L. Jurado USNA '34.  I thought Andrada's relief is unfortunate. He placed..

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November 27, 1941

I  perceived diplomatic talks in Washington between Japan and USA is not progressing well after Adm. Thomas Hart USN Commander of Asiatic Fleet issued today an "Alert Warning" to all his surface units, copy furnished 1st Q-Boat Squadron and C,OSP which substantially stated "all surface units in port shall be at their assigned anchorage before..

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September 27, 1941

Army HQ issued a GO today for all regular officers below field rank (majors) promoting them one rank higher in temporary rank.  And so, 3rd Lt. R. Alcaraz became a very proud temporary 2nd Lt. today.  My promotion is not due until March 15, 1942 when I complete my two years time in grade as..

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September 16, 1941

The OSP seems to be much ahead of their Training Program than the other branches of the  PA.  While the Training Schools for Os of the different branches like the Inf. FA, CAC, SigC, CE, MC, QMS etc only started the first of the month, OSP extensive Training Program was completed the week-end of Sept...

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September 3, 1941

Our Q-Boat depth charge firing exercises against submarine targets will continue during the week to finally complete the training program. Then, I understand the selection Board headed by C,OSP Capt. Andrada will announce the permanently  designated officers and crew of Q-111 Luzon; Q-112 Abra; and Q-113 Agusan. There are only six slots for Os to..

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July 6, 1941

Today’s Manila News says Gen Castroux proclaimed Syrian independence on behalf of Free France.  USSR checked main German drive, hurling the Nazis back  at Latvian border.  In New York, Joe Dimaggio of the Yankees, is setting baseball record by hitting safely in 45 straight games so far.   In nearby IndoChina, the Japanese continue to..

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June 18, 1941

News we got in Manila today states that Washington (DC) orders all German Consulates in USA be closed.  At the same time, Canadian Prime Minister King pledges total support to British  war effort.  On the other hand, Turkey signs Friendship Pact with Hitler. I also have seven magnificent classmates in the Civil Engineer (CE) Corps,..

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May 31, 1941

Due to the fact that OSP top leadership are all USNA graduates ranging from Capt Jose V Andrada '31 to Lt C J Albert '39, the Os consider themselves the elite in the PA.   When Capt E L Jurado USNA '34 reported from Aberdeen Prov Grds, he replaced Capt A Pecson '33, to become Ex-O,..

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