Limited correspondence in the collection includes several letters from Ruder to his wife Elizabeth (Bette). One letter describes a long flight to his station and the primitive restroom facilities on the plane (April 1944). Several letters (August 1945) describe the reactions of sailors on the submarine
DACE when news of Japan's surrender was announced, and tell of Ruder's promotion to lieutenant commander and the subsequent ceremonial "baptism" he received by being tossed overboard. Other letters include congratulations on the completion of his tours on the
WALLACE L. LIND and the USS
ELDORADO from Rear Admiral Edmund Battelle Taylor, Commander Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (September 1958), and Vice Admiral John Barr Colwell, Commander Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (August 1964). A letter from March 1985 includes photocopies of the USS
PHELPS 's log, describing activities in April and May of 1942. Exerpts from the log for May 8, 1942, a long with official reports, describe the
PHELPS 's participation in Coral Sea action including rescue operations of the damaged
LEXINGTON 's personnel and the subsequent scuttling of that ship by the
Other items consist of a bronze star medal citation (1946) for duty on board the USS
HADDO from August 8 to October 3, 1944; certificates forHonorary Member, Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (1958), "Amphibious Man-of-Warsman," Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (1964), and the Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon (crossing the dateline ceremony); invitations; programs for change of command ceremonies on the
ELDORADO (1962, 1964) and for the 21st Anniversary of the Amphibious Forces (1963); and clippings. A brochure (June 17, 1963) for the family cruise of the
ELDORADO, flagship of the Commander Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces, explains the duties and capabilities of the ship and the various exercises to be performed by her, and gives a brief history and floor plan of the vessel.
Photographs in the collection are of Ruder and of vessels he served on, especially the
DACE and its officers and crew. Other photographs are of the
ELDORADO and crew, the
BURRFISH crew, the
BECUNA, and refueling operations of the
WALLACE L. LIND . The headquarters building of the Allied Forces, Mediterranean, at Malta, and shipboard visits by Governor John Davis Lodge of Connecticut, the U.S. Ambassador to Taiwan Jerauld Wright (1964), and Inchon, Korea, Mayor Chang Soo Yong (1964) are also topics of photographs.
For related material see O.H. 88.