After a short rest in port we were sent out to our Harbor Entrance Control Post. Our task was to patrol the entrance to Ise Wan, the approach to Nagoya Harbor. We were to pass charts and entrance instructions to all incoming ships, and send reports by radio to the Port Director on all ship movements. We made two such patrols at Nagoya, each of a week's duration.
After our second patrol, our commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Bavier, was ordered back to the United States for separation from the naval service. On the seventeenth of November, Lieutenant Gross, then our executive officer, relieved Captain Bauier of his command, while Lieutenant O'Donnell succeeded Mr. Gross as executive officer. At this time the Roberts got underway again, this time for an insignificant place in southern Honshu called Hiro Wan, for more HECP duty.
Our routing to Hiro Wan took us through Bungo Suido, a narrow, congested passage between Shikoku and Kyushu. The passage is ninety miles long, and filled with small islands, rocks, reefs, and treacherous currents. It was not yet completely free of mines. The islands of Bungo Suido were
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