H. Beaber - In the Philippines - Thursday, April 9, 1941-1942

“Bataan fell today.” This little peninsula, the one separating north Manila Bay from the South China Sea has been the scene of terrible fighting the last ten days or more. It has held out ever since the USAFEE forces left the central part of Lison Island. It was greatly outnumbered, at least eight to one, we have been told and therefore surrendered only when they could no longer give the men enough to rest between attacks. Great numbers of wounded came back from the front on this side and the defenders must have suffered much, too.

Corregidor is still holding out, and there are other guerrilla forces on this Island. Many of our friends are sad because of the fall of Bataan, as they thought there might be hope as long as it held. But we feel that it was expected by those who knew and that it may not materially effect the outcome of the war in the distant future.

People are going back to work slowly – prices are becoming stabilized at least on native things. Imported goods may only be had at exorbitant prices.