[The port of Antwerp opened on November 26; in December, there was fighting between the British and Greeks in Athens; the Germans launched a strong attack in the Ardennes which resulted in the Battle of the Bulge. The fight caused much anxiety, lasted a month, and ended with heavy casualties on both sides. Luzon in the Philippines was invaded by General MacArthur's forces.
The President's State of the Union Message contained an overall review of the war, called for full support at home for the fighting men overseas, and discussed the Greek and Polish problems and France's role in the postwar world.]
January 10, Wednesday. The President's office reflected a cross section of American heroism and American life today when he bestowed seven Congressional Medals of Honor on as many heroes of the war. These gallant fighters came from every walk of life, and their families--fathers, mothers, wives, and sweethearts--who witnessed the awards, were equally representative of every section of the country and every economic and social station--some elegantly clad, others wearing rather humble garb; but Americans all, united in a bond of pride in the achievements wrought through the bravery and valor of the seven men to be honored by the President. They all had this in common: bravery, extreme courage, and sacrifice in the service of their country--the biggest field day for heroes since Pearl Harbor.
January 11, Thursday. The President in gleeful mood this morning as he ridiculed the manner of our entry into his bedroom. Said we tripped in like fashion mannequins and, sitting there in bed, gave an imitation. In the afternoon there was another meeting of General Watson's inaugural committee. The problem of keeping down the guests grows daily. The politicos insatiable in