The month of December, 1941, under normal conditions would have meant for me the completion of a regular 2 ½ -year tour of duty on the Asiatic Station, the first year of which was spent in China and the remaining time as Naval Aide to the U.S. High Commissioner, the Honorable Francis B. Sayre, in Manila, P. I. I had looked forward with keen anticipation to the time, which was close at hand, when I could return to the U. S. A. and again be with my wife and children whom I had not seen since November, 1940, when, along with other Navy dependents, they were evacuated from Manila. My hopes, however, were shattered when on December 8, 1941, at 3:00A.M. I received a telephone call which informed me of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The long-thought-of hostilities had finally begun!
The Epic of Corregidor-Bataan: December 24, 1941 - May 4, 1942
By Lieutenant Commander T. C. Parker, U. S. Navy