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Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and H. R. Billings Collection

Identifier: MS-2145
Abstract This collection consists of a letter dated July 30, 1864 from Rear Admiral David Farragut to H. R. Billings that officially granted Billings's request to be detached from the USS Vincennes.

Artie E. Akers Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0110
Abstract This collection includes accounts written by Artie E. Akers documenting different stories from his time as a submarine "volunteer" during World War II.

Buck Donaldson Memoir

Identifier: MS-1978
Abstract In this memoir, Buck Donaldson recounts his childhood in rural Louisiana and his service in the U. S. Navy during World War II.

Buck Donaldson Oral History

Identifier: MS-3265
Abstract This collection consists of a transcript of an interview with Buck Donaldson by Kurt Piehler and Tiffany Davis conducted on October 21, 2002 in Knoxville, Tennessee as part of the Veteran's Oral History Project. In the interview, Donaldson speaks about his childhood in the Depression, his experiences in the Navy during World War II, and his postwar life as a missionary in Africa.

Calm Seas, Friendly Beaches

Identifier: CSWS-0100
Abstract This collection features a copy of Calm Seas, Friendly Beaches: A Landing Craft Sailor's Prayer written by Gerald M. Yankee and copyrighted in 2014. In this book, Yankee dictates his experience as a sailor in World War II for U.S. Naval landing crafts in the Pacific Theatre of war.

Charles Bray Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0150
Abstract This collection features photographs, news articles, book excerpts, and other papers from Charles Bray's military service during World War II and his time living in Vietnam while working with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Charles D. Butte Collection

Identifier: MS-2587
Abstract The Charles D. Butte Collection, 1921-2003 (bulk 1940-1948), consists of diaries, memoirs, and histories of the 603rd Quartermaster Graves Registration Company (QM GR CO) that served during and after World War II. This collection extensively covers the activity of the QM GR CO, and the diaries give insight to the experiences shared by its members. The collection also includes several compact discs and a floppy disk that contain electronic copies of the printed information.

David Farragut Letter

Identifier: MS-3179
Abstract A letter from David Farragut, signed "D. G. Farragut," to E. Caylus dated March 20, 1867. In it, Farragut expresses gratitude for receiving the Abraham Lincoln bronze medal for his achievements in Lincoln's administration.

David G. Farragut Letter to Isaac Toucey

Identifier: MS-1670
Abstract This collection features a letter written by Admiral David G. Farragut to Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey, dated September 25, 1860.

David Glasgow Farragut Letter

Identifier: MS-3206
Abstract This letter, dated September 14, 1864 and signed D. G. Farragut, was written on board Farragut's flagship Hartford while it was anchored at Mobile Bay, Alabama. Addressed to Commodore Jason G. Palmer, it consists of an order to change the names of three vessels.

David Glasgow Farragut Letters

Identifier: MS-0753
Abstract This collection contains two letters sent to David Glasgow Farragut while he was serving on the MS Flag Ship Hartford. They are dated 1863 and 1864. The letter dated 1864 concerns the appraisal of a schooner captured by the Estella.

Dennis Coughlin Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0103
Abstract This collection features correspondence between Sy Hyman and Dennis Coughlin as well as a collection of diary entries made by Hyman in 1946 from his World War II service.

Edward Herman Pacific Theater Correspondence

Identifier: MS-2956
Abstract This collection contains letters sent to Edward Richard Herman, Private First Class in the United States Naval Forces, by various family members, friends, and lovers while he was stationed at Guadalcanal and later the Ulithi Islands in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Edward P. Stafford Papers

Identifier: CSWS-0210
Overview This collection consists of an invitation to the commission ceremony for the USS Abercrombie in May 1944.

Erwin P. Currier Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0238
Overview This collection documents Erwin P. Currier’s service with the U. S. Navy during World War II. Included is a CD of an interview with Currier as well as photocopies of photographs and service documents. Also included is information related to the histories of two ships on which Currier served: USS Card and USS Bennington.

Fishing Instructions for a U. S. Navy Survival Kit

Identifier: MS-3109
Abstract This collection houses a World War II era set of Fishing Instructions for a Navy fishing survival kit designed to help a soldier survive in case of becoming stranded on islands. It outlines general rules for fishing, the contents of the kit with instructions for each part, and information about certain types of animals and plants. There is also a note on native peoples.

Freytag Family Papers

Identifier: CSWS-0037
Abstract This collection gives a glimpse into the life of the Freytag family, a miltary family from Wartburg, TN. The collection includes correspondence, press clippings, photographs, and certificates regarding the Freytag children, Albert Jr., Fred, and Maxwell. Albert Jr. was enlisted in the U.S. Marines, Fred was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and Maxwell was enlisted in the U.S. Army. All materials are photocopies, donated by the family matriarch, Ethel H. Freytag.

Gideon Welles Letter to A. H. Rice

Identifier: MS-0897
Abstract In this letter, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles asks Congressman Alexander H. Rice (then serving on the Committee of Naval Affairs) to consider passing an amendment to secure equal payment for the clerical force of the Navy Yards. Welles mentions three reports of the Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks, which are not included in this collection.

H. L. Mencken Letter and Other Materials

Identifier: MS-1055
Abstract This collection consists primarily of a typed letter and corresponding envelope from Henry Louis Mencken in Baltimore, Maryland to Lieutenant Commander Leland P. Lovette in Annapolis, Maryland. In the letter, Mencken thanks Lovette for a pleasant note he sent and extends his delight at previously being able to spend an evening together enjoying each other's company. He concludes by inviting Lovette to call on him the next time he is in Baltimore and suggests they sample his cellar, noting...

Harold F. Broderick Collection

Identifier: MS-2612
Abstract The Harold F. Broderick Collection, 1943, consists primarily of photographs of Attu Island during World War II. Also included is the Blue Star Flag.

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