The U.S. At War, Great Change

Excerpts from the reports of TIME'S correspondents throughout the U.S. and its territories:

Manila: Manila this evening was very tense, the city faintly outlined from the shadows of smoldering fires started in the noontime raid....Civilians are assuming wartime posts of censorship, patrols, supplies, guarding, nursing, doctoring, evacuating, bandage-making....I watched half a dozen dogfights and saw at least two enemies downed....The Filipinos were good and spirited....Talking to already stubble-bearded, grimy Yank soldiers at undisclosed posts: "I'd like another crack at those low-flying bastards. Write my mother I'm a hero. I'll stay here....