June 5, 1942

At night at the Shoreham Hotel. Quezon told me the story of his visit to Corregidor in 1935 after he had been inaugurated as the first President of the Philippine Commonwealth. He was invited by General Kilbourne, the American officer then in command of the fortress, who was the man who had done so much..

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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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December 29th, 1941

First raid on the Rock—unknown number of HBs and 13 DBs—How many HBs shot down-one to No. 1 gun of James. From then on raids at same time of day; day in, day out—Me lying in the pit spotting planes, chewing tobacco, unconcerned and Minnis and Aprai down there on a visit—Thank goodness Ramsay wasn’t..

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Dec. 24 – 41

Evacuated Nichols at 1 - AM today. Been driving the station-wagon all day. Nielson and Nichols destroyed by our own men, with all supplies. All our equipement was taken to Pier 7. We boarded ship at approximately midnight. At daybreak Dec. 25 - 41, we landed at Marvallese [Mariveles].

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December 24, 1941

On 24 December, 5 bombers came over the Rock at 1 PM. Eight bombers bombed the French steamer Si-kiang at Mariveles at 3 PM. The 1st battalion of the 31st Infantry arrived on the Rock from Manila where they had been fighting. U. S. Armed Forces in the Far East and the Philippine Dept. moved..

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8 Dec ’41

Called at 0345 by Lieut. Comr. Grandfield, War Plans Officer of Cavite Navy Yard, stating that hostilities had begun. Conference on veranda with Executive Officer Capt. L.J. Roberts and Dr. C.C. Welch, Hospital War Plans Officer. To yard at 0700 to confer with Commandant. Orders secured for immediate sand bags and lighter for transfer of..

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