What follows is an account by Col. Jesus A. Villamor, a Filipino war hero for whom an air base in the Philippines is named, of his first encounter with the late American journalist Theodore H. White. The account is from his book, "They Never Surrendered," which is a memoir of the Philippines' struggle for freedom in World War II, published in 1982:
After stops in Darwin and Alice Springs, we arrived in Melbourne and were met at the airport by several war correspondents, among them Clark Lee of the Associated Press, who had lived with the soldiers on Corregidor. Looking down at his notebook, I wondered if it was the same one in which I had made him scratch so often: "Try to get the U.S. to send some decent planes out here quickly."
In Melbourne a reservation had been made for me at one of the best hotels.
"Chinese?" the desk clerk asked when I checked in.
"Sorry, there is no room available."
I shook my head helplessly. The clerk had not even asked my name, just my nationality. I stared at him, dimly comprehending , and would have lurched at him had I not felt, at that moment, a hand on my arm.
I turned my head swiftly and saw a man no taller than myself, obviously an American, who had a look of profound dignity upon his face.
He said he knew me -- he had heard of me -- and he offered me the sofa in his room.
"I'm Teddy White," he said; and the next morning I learned that he was Theodore H. White, the correspondent for Time and Life magazines.