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1 VERNON [VERNIE] KUNTZELMAN 1911 - 1915 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DIARY AND LOG OF A UNITED STATES NAVY SAILOR WHO SEES ACTION DURING THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION
USS YORKTON USS CLEVELAND, USS COLORADO 1911 Hard Cover Good 
On offer is an interesting, historical manuscript diary and personal log handwritten by United States Navy seaman Vernon [Vernie] K. Kuntzelman. The service provided 'Account Book Diary and Log' has about 75 pages of entries dated November 16th 1911 through November 15th 1915. Vernon, not writing daily, makes notes over the four years and two days of time in the Navy from the banal but notable dates: training assignments, ship changes and movement, sights like the passing of the Golden Gate, transfers, ship board duties etc. to the bombastic and historical: "Watched a battle between rebels and federals on the beach at Acapulco. Rebels won, losing 25. Federals lost 80..... Saw several men get shot." "Left Acapulco to pick up some castaways who were shipwrecked on Clipperton Island." "All hands were sent to Mt. Tamalpois to fight a forest fire." "Arrived in Mazatlan…anchored an hour…fell overboard." "Rebel artillery ashore opened fire on Federal transport. Fired ten shots. The transport moved behind the US ships for protection." "Arrived Mazatlan Mexico, 15 ships in harbor. Fighting on the beach all this time. German, Jaop, Mexican, English and US ships in Harbor." Other entries note: USS alert convoying convoy two Submarines; Santa Cruz paraded; 500 visitors every day on ship; coal ship steamed through Golden Gate; all hands ashore, marching inland, tents dug trenches; patrolled town; Smith Pelkey fight at Daly City, San Mateo; Towing yacht "Lola" "Gola" "Dola"; Party of moving picture men; held speed run averaged 21.45 knots, at end of last hour 4 boilers blew up killing nine men and seriously injuring others; swimming party on beach , climbed mountain; taking first place 1st in the navy turret gun firing; overtook a Japanese cruiser and much more. After 1915 the author fills the pages with poems and songs about his time on the sea: Back on the farm: "I'm not in the navy now, I'm back behind the plow, No more I'll roam, The white sea foam, I am a farmer now." Damage to the spine but overall G. 
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