“The Philippines” written by Alexander R Morgan in 1989

As I was looking for some old files yesterday, I bumped into this school report about "The Philippines" that my son, Alexander R Morgan, wrote on May 24, 1989 for his World Cultures class.  He was 15 yrs old at that time and in ninth Grade at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, NY.  … Continue reading “The Philippines” written by Alexander R Morgan in 1989

Book Signing at Patriots Point, Charleston SC

I will be at Patriots Point on Saturday, April 27 form 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM to do a book signing of my new book, “BAHALA NA (Come What May): A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Courage, Determination and Survival”.  The book is set in Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines.  Bahala … Continue reading Book Signing at Patriots Point, Charleston SC

The Second Pearl Harbor

In Manila, ten minutes after the first bomb hit Pearl Harbor, a startled radio operator at Asiatic Fleet headquarters intercepted an unencrypted Morse Code from Adm. Husband Kimmel, the Honolulu-based Pacific Fleet Commander: “AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NO DRILL”. He alerted his duty officer, Marine Lt. Col. William T. Clement, who in … Continue reading The Second Pearl Harbor


“Tora, tora, tora,” was the code for the successful surprise attack. There was a saying in Japan that, “A tora (tiger) goes out 1,000 ri (2000 miles) and returns without fail.” Even before the first bomb fell, the Japanese knew that the surprise attack was successful: “Tora… Tora… Tora…” The first wave of Japanese bombers … Continue reading TORA…TORA…TORA…

About the Philippines

The Philippines is a tropical paradise in Southeast Asia with spectacular beaches fringed with gently swaying palm trees on fine white, pink and in some areas almost black sand.  Some islands are well known and some are still deserted and undiscovered, home to underwater wrecks like Spanish galleons and Chinese junks surrounded by vast expanses … Continue reading About the Philippines