Category Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

January 21, 1945 — Sunday

Attended 6:45 a.m. Mass and received Communion. Went to Air Strip at 8 a.m. Took off at 9 a.m. on a B-25. Sat inside the cabin next to the turret gunner. Arrived San Jose, Mindoro 10:50 a.m. Had luncheon with General Dunckel. Discussed with Major Nimick needs of civil population. Took off 3:30 p.m. Landed Tacloban Air strip at 5:20 p.m.

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January 20, 1945 — Saturday

Busy in office. Invited by Commander James Van Landt to luncheon in his L.S.T. in the bay. Delightful luncheon. Returned to office 2:30 p.m.

January 19, 1945 — Friday

In Tacloban. A gray, rainy day. I was informed today that we have already had 28 inches of rain in January. My work was interrupted by two black outs due to air-raid warnings.

I have been so busy in the office today that I did not go home for lunch. Returned home at 4:30 p.m. and was back at my desk at 7 p.m.

Our attack on Luzon continues. We have captured Urdaneta and Paniqui. The air force has given us excellent support bombing the enemy concentration pool and supply dumps at San Jose, Nueva Ecija causing explosions and fires.

January 14, 1945 — Sunday

In Tacloban. Attended 9 a.m Mass and then went to the office. Lunched with Captain Hunt, Lieutenant Klenn & Capt. Minas. Spent afternoon at home packing canned foods for Manila.

January 13, 1945 — Saturday

In Tacloban. Spent day busy in the office. Had luncheon at the home of Lieutenant & Mrs. Quejado Philippine Constabulary. Attended buffet dinner in the home of President Osmeña. His family invited me. Returned home 8:30 p.m.

January 10, 1945 — Wednesday

In Tacloban, attending to official matters in the office.

January 9, 1945 — Tuesday

In Tacloban. General MacArthur landed at 10:30 a.m. in Lingayen.

January 8, 1945 — Monday

In the office all day. It is hard to perform a job for an absent official.

January 7, 1945 — Sunday

Rushed to office to confer with President Osmeña and obtain last minute instructions. At 10 a.m. General Sutherland said that the plane was in and ready to leave at 12 noon. Advised the President and party. Left the President’s house with a M.P. escort and arrived on time. President left at 12:30 p.m.

January 6, 1945 — Saturday

At 6:30 am attended wedding of treasurer Jimenez’s son. Attended dinner given by Mr. Serapio Canceran in Maceda’s home.

January 5, 1945 — Friday

Very busy in Tacloban. Conferred with General Willoughby on request of people of Bantayan for 50 Cruisers. Conferred three times with President Osmeña on important matters. Attended Mass at 6:30 p.m. (First Friday)

January 4, 1945 — Thursday

At 3:15 p.m. General MacArthur, General Marshall and Colonel Lehrbas, & Colonel Egebert came to President Osmeña’s office. They are leaving on M-1.

January 3, 1945 — Wednesday

In Tacloban. Had important conference at 3:30 p.m. with General R.J. Marshall, General Stivers, Colonel Kangleon and myself, about status of Kangleon’s forces & their payment.

January 2, 1945 — Tuesday

Left at 9 a.m. for Basey Samar to inspect the 95th Infantry Regiment, commanded by Major Abia. Pleasantly surprised with appearance of officers & men. Left at 1 p.m. but my L.C.I. was grounded & we were not able to leave until 2 p.m. Returned to Tacloban.

January 1, 1945 — Monday

After spending an uncomfortable night at Head Quarters 5th Air Force Fighter Command invited by Colonel Parker, left 8:20 a.m. from Burauen Air Field on an L-5 to Tacloban. Arrived 8:30 a.m. Called on President Osmeña & General MacArthur.

December 31, 1944 — Sunday

Left at 3:30 p.m. from home to Tacloban airfield. Left on an L-5 at 4:45 p.m. landed Burauen air strip at 5 p.m. This is the field where the Japanese paratroopers landed recently. Went to Colonel Parker’s place. Rotten evening. Too much drinking.

December 29-30, 1944

Nothing unusual. Finished this morning hearing Torres’s case.

December 28, 1944 — Thursday

In Tacloban nothing unusual. Presided at meeting of Board of Inquiry hearing Torres case.

December 27, 1944 — Wednesday

We had breakfast with Colonel Bradley Commanding Officer 8th Cavalry Regiment. We were then informed that a B-25 has crashed landed in the bay not far from the beach. We went to the spot but the pilots were gone. The plane was under shallow water. We asked two men to dive inside the plane to find out if there were any drowned men. There were none. The divers were able to retrieve the parachutes & briefcases of the pilot and crew. Proceeded to La Paz where we took jeeps and proceeded to General Hoffman’s Command Post 25 miles north. Had dinner with him. Returned to Tacloban arriving about 8 p.m.

December 26, 1944 — Tuesday

Left 9 a.m. with General H.F. Hoffman Commanding General 2nd Cavalry Brigade and Colonel Crossman for Catbalogan. Arrived there at 1:10 p.m. At 2 p.m. we went to the provincial Capitol to meet the people and provincial officials. We made brief and informal investigation of the activities of the Provincial officials during the Japanese occupation. Spent the night in the boat.