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Charles A. Colmery Jr. Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0252

This collection documents the World War II service and subsequent death of Charles Colmery Jr. Included are correspondence from Colmery to his family during his wartime service, letters relating to Colmery’s death, and a scrapbook of photographs documenting Colmery’s life from childhood to military service. Also included is a copy of a 1986 issue of Indiana Military History Journal which includes Charles Johnson’s article, “Warning-Warning: Strange Ships Entering Harbor!” which details Colmery’s experience on the USS Quincy in 1942.

Dates

  • circa 1920-1946, 1986

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (5 oversize folders)

Overview

This collection documents the World War II service and subsequent death of Charles Colmery Jr. Included are correspondence from Colmery to his family during his wartime service, letters relating to Colmery’s death, and a scrapbook of photographs documenting Colmery’s life from childhood to military service. Also included is a copy of a 1986 issue of Indiana Military History Journal which includes Charles Johnson’s article, “Warning-Warning: Strange Ships Entering Harbor!” which details Colmery’s experience on the USS Quincy in 1942.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Albert Colmery Jr. was born January 13, 1919 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Colmery enlisted with the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1940. He served on the USS Quincy which was ultimately attacked and sunk by the Japanese military while on patrol in the Solomon Islands in August 1942. Colmery was one of the 370 men who died in the attack.

Arrangement

This collection is in 5 oversize folders.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as part of MS.1298.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480