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January 1, 1942

Not too many Happy New Year’s today — We’re a pretty low and sick bunch. We are in Japanese controlled waters, and although we got a clearance from the Japanese Commander, we expect to hit a floating mine or be mistaken for something else.

Gradually getting settled. I’m in Cabin # 5 and Lt. Passanante is on a mattress on the floor. There’s only a few officers below decks – all the others are on the decks in cots. My leg aches like hell, and I’m weak.