Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

October 14, 1944 — Saturday

En route. We crossed the equator at 2:30 p.m., and I was made a member of the ‘Order of the Deep’. A card signed by ‘Rex Neptune’ was presented to me. It is very hot. Practically no breeze. I attended Mass at 9:15 a.m. and received Communion. After Mass I visited the sick bay and the operating room, laboratory, X—ray, dental office and so on. The head doctor, Commander Faircloth, took me around.

The convoy is magnificent & impressive. It shows the tremendous power of the U.S. ships of all sizes, types and denominations.