Hey Vic....Now that's what I call a cheap date (if it is the tab for a date). I realize that things were a heck of a lot cheaper back in those days (and so were wages), but for a ritzy joint like the Manila Polo Club, a drink being that cheap, I wonder what a snort in one of the "dives" in downtown Manila would cost??? Twenty Five cents, tops???
Hey Vic...The photo of a portion of the American Asiatic Fleet (Manila Nostalgia) got me to thinking of how it was such a pitifully, small force when matched up versus the much more formidable Japanese Navy at that early juncture of the Pacific War. As I understand it, the US Navy had only three Capital Ships, Cruisers, assigned to the Asiatic Fleet in 1941, the Boise, Houston and Marblehead. The latter was plastered to the point of nearly being lost (but survived to make it back to the States for repair), down in the fighting around Java, the Houston went down in the Battle of the Java Sea and the Boise ran aground, suffering damages that kept her out of the fighting (and probably saved her from a fate ala the Houston and Marblehead, to fight another day). Those old, "four piper" Destroyers were no match for the newer Japanese Tin Cans, although they did put up a pretty good delaying action fight. Many were sunk or driven back to Australia. As I, also understand it, a couple finished the War, chasing Nazi Admiral Donetz's German U-Boats in the Atlantic. Of course, we are all aware that Admiral Hart pulled the bulk (including the Cruisers) of his forces out of Manila Bay early on, leaving the Submarines a bit longer. It was a dismal period for the Allied Naval effort. Better times were to follow. Just sayin'.
They couldn't survive without air cover and there wasn't a functioning naval base anyway after Cavite was destroyed. A dismal period indeed...
You know I've always chuckled every time I hear or read about how no reinforcements could reach the Philippines because of the pacific fleet's destruction in Pearl Harbor. I believe that even if Pearl Harbor hadn't happened, the US navy wasn't strong enough to force its way through to the Philippines either way, carriers and all. Heck it had its hands full in Guadalcanal which was at the farthest reaches of the Japanese. It certainly wouldn't have been able to force its way to the Philippines in the first 4 months through thousands of miles of enemy held territory and supply lines.