May 6, 1943 (Thursday)

Nouméa, New Caledonia

Found a semi-abandoned and ruined old French tile factory on a nearby hill. The crumbling ruins of the battered cones remind me of the quicksilver mill ruins the hills of new Almaden, California. The view of the sun-drenched harbor and coast is superb and would be actually beautiful if it were for the thousands of tents plastered on every other hill in sight. “Doc” Allegrini has named the hill “Nolan’s Knoll” and has suggested for the rest of the ward that it is it is undoubtedly the scene of my clandestine night operations.

Saw D. at noon and again in the evening. We went to see James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” at the Camp Barnes movie. Whole hillside covered with spectators (at least 2,000).

Have met another damn nice fellow here, a Dr. Lafe Ludwig of Los Angeles.

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