From: USA now in Brasil
February 5, 1942 Washington DC
Bill sits in Ed's office practically drooling over the hot mug of coffee that sits on Ed's desk. Ed smiles at him and asks, "How's that bland diet of yours going? How your stomach doing?" Bill answers, "OK with the diet that's boring as all hell. The stomach isn't as bad anymore." He then adds, "Ed what's going on around here with you? You seem like a little kid on Christmas morning ever since that phone call yesterday. What gives?" Ed says, "You know our big boss, Rear Admiral Leigh Noyes? Well, I served directly under him a number of years ago and that's how I landed in this slot. He wanted to keep an eye on me while I got my act together. To make a long story short the Admiral has talked to some of his scrambled egg pals and I'm in line to skipper one of the new cruisers that'll be launched in the near future. I'll really miss you when I'm gone so keep on the mend, pass your physical and I'll have my exec. How's that sound kiddo?" Needless to say Bill is happy for Ed and overjoyed at his own prospects. "Now, if you don't mind, let's get back to the task at hand or the Admiral will have our fannies in a sling. What's going on," Ed continues, "in our war?"
The Japs have landed troops at Aitape and Torokina.
Arawe has fallen to them.
In the approaches to Columbo the RN has attacked and sunk SS I-156. The ASW TF resupplies, refuels and leaves for it's next target which has been spotted lurking around Madras.
Singapore is attacked again by 33.6K Japs, who suffer 251/12/6 in loses. The Commonwealth defenders, 60K lose 1039/19/0. The fort level holds at 6.
The RAN sails from Townsville looking to hit a Jap supply convoy at Gili Gili.
The USN TF centered on CA Houston sails from Rockhampton for the same destination.
Tarpon draws ever closer to Pearl, having spotted a pod of whales today. Red is boasting about how he will sign on with another ship and do his part to win the war.
All convoys continue to their destinations without mishap.
There are sightings of 3 IJN subs in the San Francisco area. This threat will be dealt with before the large convoy that is gathering there sails for Pearl Harbor.
For the purpose of my story I to assign characters to vessels and ignore the real commanders name.
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