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Frederick J. Ruder Papers, 1942-1985

(Manuscript Collection #530)

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Title: Frederick J. Ruder Papers
Creator: Ruder, Frederick Joseph, b. 1917
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1942-1985) including correspondence, citations, certificates, programs, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous items.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 90 items , consisting of correspondence, citations, certificates, programs, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous items.

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Accessions Information

May 26, 1987, 86 items; Correspondence (1944-1946), photographs, citations, certificates, programs and other materials of U.S. Naval officer from U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941. Gift of Capt. Frederick J. Ruder, USN (Ret), Herndon, Virginia

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

Frederick J. Ruder Papers (#530), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Capt. Frederick J. Ruder, USN (Ret)

Processing Information

  • Processed by V. Jones, Jr., May 1991

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Frederick Joseph Ruder (b. August 5, 1917, in Ohio) joined the Navy in 1935, served on the USS WEST VIRGINIA, and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1937. After graduating from the academy in February 1941, he was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS PHELPS . During the early part of World War II, Ruder participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battles of the Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal. In 1944 he reported to submarine school and subsequently served on the USS HADDO, and the USS DACE, participating in four war patrols. After the war, Ruder served on the submarines BURRFISH, REQUIN, ARGONAUT, and as commanding officer of the BECUNA ; spent two years in Paris on the staff of the U.S. Commander in Chief Europe (USCINCEUR); served as commanding officer of the destroyer USS WALLACE L. LIND in the Mediterranean (1956-1958); was on the staff of the Commander in Chief of Allied Forces in the Mediterranean (NATO) at Malta (1958-1960); and served on the flagship USS ELDORADO (1962-1964). Ruder retired from active duty in 1971.

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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 PHELPS .

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 RANDOLPH, 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.

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Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

  • Colwell, J[ohn] B[arr] 1964
  • Taylor, E[dmund] B[attelle] 1958

Subject Entries :

  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--1942-1985
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS ELDORADO
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS LEXINGTON
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS PHELPS
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Social Life and Customs
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Aerial Operations
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Battles--Coral Sea, 1942
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Naval Operations
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Submarines--USS DACE
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Sanitation

Date Entries :

  • 1942-1945

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS BECUNA
Description: Submarine
Location: At sea and docked
Date: 1951, 1952
Call Number: p-530/5, 4

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS DACE
Location: At sea
Date: 1950s
Call Number: p-530/7

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships-USS ELDORADO
Location: At sea
Date: 1964
Call Number: p-530/1

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships-USS RANDOLPH
Location: At sea
Date: 1958
Call Number: p-530/3

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS WALLACE L. LIND
Location: At sea
Date: 1958
Call Number: p-530/2

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS PHELPS
Date: 3/6/1985
Call Number: logo w/picture-530.1.a

U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Submarines--USS DARE
Date: 8/15/1945
Call Number: logo w/picture-530.1.a

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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