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12-22 Target practice this am our aft starboard gun smashed target

23 Sun mailed letters I had written on board-11. In war zone - life belts at hand all the time. We start sleeping in all our clothes.

24 Sighted & picked up a life boat last night, one of ships in our convoy has 'em on board, 3 cases spinal mengitous reported, Xmas eve - Ugh!

25 Coffee & Bread, Breakfast, dinner - chicken & Ham.

26 Up at 6 AM: all troops on deck with life belts blanket & canteens, in most dangerous part