From: USA now in Brasil
December 9-12 Washington DC
Commander Phillips asks Lt Smith into his office and tells him to shut the door. "Bill, what the hell is this request for a transfer? You know that I need you here. I want you to withdraw the request, for now. You know that the Navy needs to fill out ship crews and that new vessels will be sliding off the ways faster than we can imagine. This'll require men like you and me, so please, for now, stick around."
Bill answers with a sullen look on his face, "Aye, aye. But you know that I'll resubmit the request George. I'll keep giving it to you until I can get into this fight."
The fact that the two men are on a first name basis in so short a time is a testament to the bond between them that is growing from their mutual respect.
Bill goes back to his office and lies down on the cot that's now there. The visits to the apartment are short and irregular. He lies there thinking of the latest reports, all of which are gloomy.
Wake, Guam, Nanchang, Makin, Legaspi, Vigan, Kuatan, Lingayen and Laoag have all fallen. Other spots on the map are under attack. Hong Kong is pleading for help as they hang by a thread. IJN fleets seem to be heading for the northern coast of Borneo, though reports from the Dutch are considered suspect as there's no way to confirm anything there.
Allied shipping has taken it on the chin in the PIs as anything larger than a conoe that moves seems to get sunk. The British and Dutch seem to be moving their shipping with light loses though. Allied warships have fled the PIs and are basing with the Dutch fleet. Force Z has retreated to Ceylon as the British try to build a force that can protect India and maybe do damage to the Japs as they advance on Singapore.
Meanwhile Lt Phillip Grant cools his heels at PH awaiting assignment. He's not sure why he's been forgotten, or so it seems, but there's a war on and already it's almost a week of fighting and here he is rotting at the bar in The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu. Some people might consider this a lucky break as men are dying across the Pacific.
I've been on the road for the last 4 days with no internet access so with luck I'll get a turn from Steve tomorrow.