The USS Sway (AM-120) was anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, at the end of July 1945. Though major combat operations in the area had ended, she continued to sweep for mines to keep shipping channels open, as well as performing ring patrols around the island to prevent Japanese attacks. Planning for the invasion of Japan was well under way, but in the coming days, a new weapon would be deployed that would render all of that planning moot.
All entries are from the war journal of the Sway unless otherwise noted.
1–12 August 1945.
Anchored in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, for logistics and progressive maintenance.
1 August 1945.
The ship’s muster roll shows Thomas D. Schreck was promoted to quartermaster 2nd class.
Unlike land forces where quartermasters serve in more of a supply role, in the Navy quartermasters are helmsmen as well as navigators. The official description of the quartermaster role:
Quartermasters stand watch as assistants to officers of the deck and the navigator, serve as helmsman and perform ship control, navigation and bridge watch duties.