September 13, 1942 (Sunday)

Ford Island, Pearl Harbor

Took the duty this morning. Face starting to swell from wisdom tooth. Felt like hell all day and was up most of the night. Trouble with “green” sentries smoking on watch next to planes, which is very dangerous.

Got a letter in the mail today from Diane Brodie in Wellington, New Zealand. Mailed on the 30th of June it’s taken almost 2 1/2 months to reach here. It must’ve gone to Australia, then to San Francisco, and finally out here. She tells of a rather severe earthquake down there, no inkling of which ever reached us here.