World War II Navy Documents




                                                                         
 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Charles Sumner      

 Charles L. Sawyer - Commanding      Charles Sumner - Liberty - 7176 Tons
 August 24, 1943                     August 25, 1943                     

 0700 - Reveille.                    0700 - Reveille.                    
 0830 - Muster.                      0900 - Muster. Liberty to expire at 
 0845 - Party for AA school ashore.  2400. Starboard 20MM stripped and   
 Liberty cancelled.                  cleaned.                            
 1000 - Reported breaking of elevat- 0930 - Daily inspection of quarters 
 ing stop of No. 7 20MM to US Naval  and magazines, Temperatures, Small  
 Liaison Officer.                    Arms 62-70, 4 inch 64-68, 3 inch    
 1700 - Liberty granted.             60-70.                              
 1730 - Daily inspection of          1000 - K. Stockwell 622-88-99 S1/c  
 magazines. Temperatures, Small Arms USNR sent to USN Liaison Officer for
 60-68, 4 inch 62-66, 3 inch 60-68.  medical attention, and right foot   
 P. Archung Coxswain, assigned shore not properly healed. G. Hazuka GM3/c
 patrol duty. Gangway and roving     642-14-12 sent to USN Liaison       
 watch maintained throughout the     Officer for medical attention for   
 day.                                itching rash spotted on arms & legs.
                                     Gangway and roving watches maintain-
                                     ed throughout the day.              
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Charles Sumner      

 Charles L. Sawyer - Commanding      Charles Sumner - Liberty - 7176 Tons
 August 26, 1943                     August 27, 1943                     

 0400 - Away from dock and anchored  0700 - Reveille.                    
 in the Mersey. Gun watch set.       0715 - Departure.                   
 0700 - Reveille.                    0730 - Breakfast.                   
 0730 - Breakfast.                   0900 - Muster. Life jackets inspect-
 0900 - Muster. Gear broken out and  ed.                                 
 distributed. Phones checked. Port   1100 - Physical Drill.              
 20MM's cleaned and checked.         1130 - Dinner.                      
 1130 - Dinner.                      1200 - Daily inspection of magazines
 1200 - Daily inspection of quarters Temperatures, Small Arms 65-73, 4   
 and magazines. Temperatures, Small  inch 68-73, 3 inch 62-69.           
 Arms 58-70, 4 inch 59-70, 3 inch    1300 - Fire drill, boat drill and   
 56-69.                              battle stations drill. 20MM crew's  
 1630 - Supper.                      drill.                              
 2200 - Taps.                        1325 - Drill secured.               
                                     1630 - Supper.                      
                                     1800 - Condition 3 watch set. Gun   
                                     watch secured.                      
                                                                         

                                                                         
 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Charles Sumner      

 Charles L. Sawyer - Commanding      Charles Sumner - Liberty - 7176 Tons
 August 28, 1943                     August 29, 1943                     

 0715 - Reveille.                    0545 - General quarters. Guns and   
 0730 - Breakfast.                   sights trained and elevated through 
 0900 - Muster.                      their full arcs. Firing circuits    
 1100 - Physical drill.              checked. Range of 2000 yards set on 
 1130 - Dinner.                      sights.                             
 1600 - Daily inspection of          0645 - General quarters secured.    
 magazines. Temperatures, Small arms 0715 - Reveille.                    
 66-72, 4 inch 70-75, 3 inch 64-70.  0730 - Breakfast.                   
 1700 - Supper.                      1130 - Dinner.                      
 2100 - General quarters. 3 and 4    1330 - Muster. Articles one through 
 inch guns trained and elevated      eighteen of the Articles for the    
 through their full arcs, lights and Government of the United States Navy
 firing circuits checked. Sights set read to crew.                       
 at a range of 1000 yards. Black out 1400 - Drill with 4 inch gun crew.  
 reported complete.                  1430 - Drill with 3 inch gun crew.  
 2200 - General quarters secured.    1500 - Daily inspection of magazines
 Condition 3 watch maintained        Temperatures, Small Arms 62-64, 4   
 throughout the 24 hours.            inch 64-66, 3 inch 62-62.           
                                     1630 - Physical drill.              
                                     1700 - Supper.                      
                                     2115 - General quarters. Guns train-
                                     ed and elevated through full arcs.  
                                     Lights and firing circuits checked. 
                                     All reported in good working order. 
                                     Lights checked. Range of 800 yards  
                                     set for the night. Blackout reported
                                     complete.                           
                                     2230 - General quarters secured.    
                                     2400 - Clocks retarded one hour.    
                                     Condition 3 watch maintained        
                                     throughout the 24 hours.            
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Charles Sumner      

 Charles L. Sawyer - Commanding      Charles Sumner - Liberty - 7176 Tons
 August 30, 1943                     August 31, 1943                     

 0515 - General quarters. Guns and   0530 - General quarters. Guns       
 sights trained and elevated through trained and elevated through their  
 full arcs, firing circuits checked. full arcs. Firing circuits checked, 
 Reported working properly. Range of reported in good working order.     
 2000 yards set on both guns.        Range of 2000 yards set on sights.  
 0715 - Reveille.                    0615 - General quarters secured.    
 0730 - Breakfast.                   0715 - Reveille.                    
 0900 - Muster. Articles 19 through  0730 - Breakfast.                   
 41 of the Articles for the Govern-  1130 - Dinner.                      
 ment of the United States Navy read 1300 - Daily inspection of magazines
 to the crew.                        Temperatures, Small Arms 62-64, 4   
 0930 - Pointer, trainer and sight-  inch 63-65, 3 inch 58-62.           
 setter drill on 4 inch gun.         1700 - Supper.                      
 1000 - Pointer, trainer and sight-  2115 - General quarters. Guns and   
 setter drill on the 3 inch gun.     sights trained and elevated through 
 1130 - Dinner.                      their full arcs. Reported working   
 1300 - Daily inspection of          properly. Lighting and firing       
 magazines. Temperatures, Small Arms circuits checked. Range of 800 yards
 62-64, 4 inch 65-67, 3 inch 60-62.  set for the night. Blackout reported
 1700 - Supper.                      complete. Extremely rough day. Some 
 2045 - General Quarters. Guns and   water on deck of small arms magazine
 sights trained and elevated through 2400 - Clocks retarded one hour.    
 full arcs. Lighting and firing      Condition three watch maintained    
 circuits checked. Reported in       throughout 24 hours.                
 proper order. Blackout reported                                         
 complete.                                                               
 2130 - General quarters secured.                                        
 Condition three watch maintained                                        
 throughout the 24 hours.                                                
                                                                         

                                                                         
 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Charles Sumner      

 Charles L. Sawyer - Commanding      Charles Sumner - Liberty - 7176 Tons
 September 1, 1943                   September 2, 1943                   

 0445 - General Quarters. Guns and   0515 - General Quarters. Guns       
 sights trained and elevated         trained and elevated throughout     
 throughout their full arc. Firing   their full arcs. Firing circuits    
 circuits checked and reported in    checked. Reported working properly. 
 good working order. Range of 2000   0600 - General quarters secured.    
 yards set on sights.                0715 - Reveille.                    
 0545 - General quarters secured.    0730 - Breakfast.                   
 0715 - Reveille.                    0900 - Muster.                      
 0730 - Breakfast.                   1000 - Three (3) inch AA projectiles
 1130 - Dinner.                      found in ready box started from     
 1300 - Muster. Article 42 through   their case. Due to roll of ship.    
 70 of "The Articles for the Govern- Wood strips placed in ready box as a
 ment of the United States Navy"     preventive.                         
 read to the crew.                   1100 - Physical drill.              
 1400 - Daily inspection of          1130 - Dinner.                      
 magazines. Temperatures, Small Arms 1300 - Daily inspection of magazines
 58-60, 4 inch 62-64, 3 inch 60-60.  Temperatures, Small Arms 60-62, 4   
 1700 - Supper.                      inch 62-64, 3 inch 58-60.           
 2030 - General quarters. Guns and   1700 - Supper.                      
 sights trained and elevated through 2045 - General quarters. Guns and   
 their full arcs. Lighting & firing  sights trained and elevated through 
 circuits checked. Reported working  their full arcs. Lights and firing  
 properly. Blackout reported         circuits checked. Reported working  
 complete.                           properly. Blackout reported complete
 2130 - General quarters secured.    Range of 800 yards set for night.   
 Condition three watch maintained    2145 - Secured from general quarters
 throughout 24 hours.                2400 - Clocks retarded one hour.    
                                     Condition three watch maintained    
                                     throughout the 24 hours.            
                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                         
 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Charles Sumner      

 Charles L. Sawyer - Commanding      Charles Sumner - Liberty - 7176 Tons
 September 3, 1943                   September 4, 1943                   

 0500 - General Quarters. Guns and   0530 - General quarters. Guns and   
 sights trained and elevated through sights trained and elevated through 
 their full arcs. Firing circuits    their full arcs. Firing circuits    
 checked. Reported in good working   checked. Reported working properly. 
 order.                              0630 - Secured from general quarters
 0615 - General quarters secured.    0715 - Reveille.                    
 0715 - Reveille.                    0730 - Breakfast.                   
 0730 - Breakfast.                   1130 - Dinner.                      
 0900 - Muster.                      1230 - Muster. T. Bowerman reported 
 0930 - Daily inspection of          H. Foster, S1/c completed his 48    
 magazines. Temperatures, Small Arms hours of extra duty.                
 60-62, 4 inch 60-64, 3 inch 58-62.  1630 - Physical drill.              
 1100 - Physical drill.              1805 - Left convoy and set course   
 1130 - Dinner.                      for St. Johns, Newfoundland. Boiler 
 1300 - General alarm. Battle        trouble cause of change in destina- 
 stations drill. Loading drill on 3  tion.                               
 and 4 inch guns. Loading drill on   2030 - General quarters. Guns and   
 20 MM guns.                         sights trained and elevated through 
 1310 - Secured from battle stations their full arcs. Lights and firing  
 and fire stations manned.           circuits tested. Reported in good   
 1320 - Secured from fire stations   working order. Blackout reported    
 and Abandon ship stations manned.   complete.                           
 1330 - Drill secured.               2130 - General quarters secured.    
 1700 - Supper.                      Condition three watch maintained    
 2000 - General quarters. Guns and   throughout the 24 hours. Magazine   
 sights trained and elevated through temperatures, Small Arms 60-60, 4   
 their full arcs. Lights & firing    inch 60-62, 3 inch 58-60.           
 circuits checked. Reported in good                                      
 working order. Blackout reported                                        
 complete.                                                               
 2100 - Secured from general                                             
 quarters. Condition three watch                                         
 maintained throughout 24 hours.                                         


                                                                         
 Diary of the Armed Guard Gunnery Officer on the S.S. Charles Sumner      

 Charles L. Sawyer - Commanding      Charles Sumner - Liberty - 7176 Tons
 September 5, 1943                   September 6, 1943                   

 0445 - General Quarters. Guns and   0715 - Reveille.                    
 sights trained and elevated through 0730 - Breakfast.                   
 their full arcs. Firing circuits    0900 - Muster. Inspection of        
 checked. All working properly.      quarters and magazines. Temperatures
 0715 - Reveille.                    Small Arms 62-67, 4 inch 60-68, 3   
 0730 - Breakfast.                   inch 56-60.                         
 0900 - Muster. Daily inspection of  1100 - Physical drill.              
 magazines. Temperatures, Small Arms 1130 - Dinner.                      
 60-62, 4 inch 58-62, 3 inch 56-60.  1200 - Liberty granted.             
 1100 - Physical drill.              1630 - Dinner.                      
 1130 - Dinner.                      1730 - P. Archung ashore for shore  
 1700 - Supper.                      patrol duty.                        
 At anchor in St. Johns. Radio       2330 - Word received from U.S. Naval
 silence broken at noon to call for  Shore Patrol that Ralph Seth, S1/c  
 tugs. We were disabled at harbor    753-02-82 USNR and Horace Foster,   
 entrance. Clocks advanced 30        S1/c 351-06-64 USN had been turned  
 minutes. Condition three watch      over to them by Civil authorities   
 secured and gun watches set. Navy   for safe keeping. To appear in city 
 gear checked and locked up.         court St. Johns, Newfoundland       
                                     September 7, 1943 on charges of     
                                     being drunk and disorderly. Gun     
                                     watches maintained throughout the   
                                     24 hours.                           
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