Lawrence C. Brewster World War I and II Diaries Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Four diaries covering service in World War I and II, as well as merchant marine service in 1921-1922. Lawrence C. Brewster was a seaman aboard the U.S.S. Tucker in 1917-1919, based principally in Queenstown, Ireland, detailed to escort convoys of merchant and troop ships between the waters west of Ireland and the port of Brest, France. Duties included sighting and pursuing German U-boats and picking up survivors of torpedoed ships. Daily entries in Books 1 and 2 log ship routine and weather, and convoys escorted, including names of all ships involved and any hazards encountered. Many descriptions of submarine pursuit, including a confirmed kill of a U-boat on August 9, 1918.
Book 3 covers merchant marine service in 1921-1922, hauling grain and other goods between Montreal and Antwerp.
Book 4 details World War II service on Submarine Chaser (SC) 504, in 1942-1943. Begins in Miami, escorting convoys in the Caribbean, then transits the Panama Canal and operates in the Pacific at Tulagi in the Solomon Islands, near Guadalcanal, carrying troops and mail between islands and performing other duties. Describes almost daily alerts and many raids from Japanese planes on Tulagi and Guadalcanal in the aftermath of Japan's defeat at Guadalcanal. Provides detailed accounts of actions involving other SC-class and PT-class ships encountered at Tulagi. Diary ends at July 1, 1943.