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.