Sverre O. Braathen was born in 1895 in the prairie state of North Dakota. He grew up there—in the Red River Valley of the north, a place far removed from any major body of water. Therefore it is perhaps curious that he served in the U.S. Navy during World War I.
This handwritten diary from his time on the U.S.S. Kearsarge was gifted to Special Collections after his death in July 1974. The diary was transcribed through Decipher History. Thank you to all contributors.