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September 29, 1943

[Radio message from SWPA] saying that Morgan, Tucker and Minter were to be held here. It was too late for the easiest solution of Morgan was to send him out…

Beautiful deadly sight, silhouetted against the driving rain squalls that slithered down Malindang. Comdr. Wallingham met me on the bridge and we went below to clean linen, drip-o-later coffee, sandwiches and cookies. We got everything possible off the ship, some few items, but they were on the edge for rations.

At 8:30 we cast off and there in that thin steel shell are some of my biggest problems, “some friends, and my letters to my loved ones. For another few weeks we shall be tied to the rest of the world. Only by the thin song of the radio transmitter bon voyage.