The new San Luis Obispo train station was scheduled to open on Sept. 5, 1943. The ceremony was set for 12:30, when north- and southbound Daylight trains were scheduled to arrive and depart. Souvenir postcards of the new building were given to passengers by the Chamber of Commerce. The old wood depot would become a relic to be demolished in 1971.
PFC. Joseph McKusick of Santa Margarita sent a letter home from Japanese Prison Camp No. 3 in the Philippine Islands. He survived the Bataan Death March and would survive prison camp. His message read, "I am okay. Do not worry. Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Please give my best regards to relatives and friends." The U.S. Army private was a member of the ill-fated 194th Tank Company that had held out on Bataan and Corregidor Island as the Japanese invasion swept over the island. The former football player was an Atascadero High School graduate of the class of 1940 and later attended Cal Poly. Long after the war McKusick would be named to the Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame.
Reports were coming in that the Italian mainland was under assault by British commandos, though there was no official confirmation. Adolph Hitler saw peace overtures by disintegrating Italian government as a threat on his flank and began to redeploy units from the Russian Front. The Soviets had repulsed a major offensive, and the new threat in the south now drew the dictator's attention.
Nazi occupation forces were in the process of crushing Danish trade unions. As many as 450 civilians and soldiers were gunned downed in the streets of Svendborg.