When we left off with my grandfather's ship, the USS Sway (AM-120), it was 14 August 1944. The Sway, an Auk-class minesweeper, was off the coast of southern France preparing for Operation Dragoon. Dragoon was the invasion of southern France launched in August of 1944 to try to relieve pressure on Allied forces fighting in Normandy and Italy by pulling Axis forces away from those areas. In doing so it was hoped the Allies could cut off the Axis forces and defeat them more quickly. Dragoon is not as well known as many other operations of the war; it often is criticized because it pulled Allied troops away from areas of heavier fighting and is thought by some to have prolonged the war.
Unless otherwise noted, all entries below come from the ship's war journal. My grandfather had stopped writing regularly per orders from the commanding officer upon joining the Sway. He did make a few notes on important events, however, including one undated entry about Dragoon that will be included as part of this entry.
The Ship's War Journal picks up on 15 August 1944 with the first day of the invasion:
August 15, 1944.