John W. Graham Papers, 1941-1943

Manuscript Collection #457

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: John W. Graham Papers
    Creator: Graham, John W.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1941-1943) including notes book, sketches, reduction in losses, types of ships, types of mines, instruction on navigation, etc.
    Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 1 item , clothbound notebook.
  • Description

    This notebook (ca. 1941-1943) covers John W. Graham's operational training as a naval intelligence officer stationed on the Eastern Sea Frontier, 5th Naval District (Virginia and North Carolina) during World War II. In note form are instructions on navigation, types of ships, chains of command, anti-submarine warfare techniques, mines and mine sweeping, convoys, the coast watch system, and responsibilities of staff and line officers. Graham also includes excellent notes on details of the jurisdictions of the various armed force branches, the role and morale of civilian coast watchers, submarine spotting, and types of mines. Sketches of mines are also found in the notebook.

    Graham describes implementation of the Coastal Convoy System and the resulting decrease in shipping losses, distribution of naval districts worldwide, and the number designation system for patrol groups and task forces. Ship tonnage, use of commercial fishing vessels, chart usage, and course adjustments are also discussed. There are numerous and explicit notes on procedures and techniques along with frequent references to "Chapman." (See Charles Frederic Chapman, Piloting, Seamanship, and Small Boat Handling, New York, 1922.)

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 8, 1982, 1 volume; World War II naval intelligence officer's notebook. Gift of Mrs. John W. Graham, Edenton, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. John W. Graham

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    John W. Graham Papers (#457), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by J.W. Morris III, January 1985

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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