4 August 1918 A Day of Rest At Sea




Many thanks to Coralee for providing me with artifacts throughout the years and especially for the stack of WWI-era letters that were delivered to me on 31 May 2019. They have provided countless hours of family history entertainment.

– Denise

Like in 2019, August 4th in 1918 was a Sunday. It was a day of rest at sea for Floyd.

4 August 1918.

Sunday Aug 4.

Up at usual time.

Washed & shaved by mess.

Had oatmeal, hardtack & coffee.

Insp. at 9:30 (on acct. Church at 10:30)

Church at 10;30 – “Keep Thyself Pure.”

I read all A.M.

4 August 1918.

Mess at noon. Menu – pork, beans, coffee, “hardtack” & jam.

1000 loaves of bread were thrown overboard on acct. of being poor this is the cause for our having “hardtack.”

Sub drill at usual 2:30 PM.

Supper at 4:30 meat, bread, jam & tea.

Burr & I fixt a place back of a life-boat crane and stayed there until about 12:00 P.M. when the rain drove us down to our bunks.


A Row at Dinner


Floyd Boyce Phillips, “Journal” (Army, 1918-1919).” privately held by Denise Krueger, Rochester, MN, 2019.

The Phillips Family

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