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April 24, 1942

Friday Ft. Hughes

Today we took our most severe shelling to date. The Japs have apparently moved in about 9″ guns for the purpose of knocking our mortars out and they were pretty good. For 23 hours they dropped a 9″ shell in the near vicinity every 23 minutes. One landed in each pit and one knocked out one of our mortars, The one that landed nearest us must have run all over the pit and only partially exploded; when you walk into the pit it points right at you giving you a helluva start. Since this afternoon I’ve been badly handicapped with one of my nastiest colds, It’s this damn life. Slept up at the light house on the very top of the island but didn’t get much sleep due to my cold.