Victor Delano Papers, 1941-1986

Manuscript Collection #539

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Victor Delano Papers
    Creator: Delano, Victor, 1918-
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Accounts (1941-1986) of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and duty in the USS West Virginia, by Victor Delano; also Familygrams, photographic prints, and program, ca. 1965, by Captain Delano relating to his command of Amphibious Squadron Eight; also two packets of drawings of Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship, H.M.S. VICTORY, 1970; and an article, entitled “TOP SECRET COMPHIBPAC OPERATIONS PLAN A11-45: The Story of the Invasion of Japan” by James Martin, ca. 1986.
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 archival box. 14 items,
  • Description
     

    Series 1: Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor consists of a personal memoir of the Captain’s experiences aboard the U.S.S West Virginia leading up to and during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,1941. Also included are two copies of a letter to a commanding officer detailing the events of Dec.7,1941. The second copy of the letter is has been reduced in size and is easier to read.

    Series 2: Amphibious Squadron Eight consists of Familygrams from Delano, 2 June - 4 November 1965, to the crewmen and families of Amphibious Squadron. These familygrams, detail Captain Delano’s Duty aboard the U.S.S Guadalcanal as well as Amphibious Squadron Eight’s tour of the Caribbean and their involvement with the People-to-People and Handclasp programs. The cruise involving training for the U. S. Marines and peace-keeping service in the Dominican Republic. This sereis also includes the program from Captain Delano’s change of command of the Amphibious Squadron Eight on April 22, 1965 is included as well. The series also includes three black & white photographic prints of a Battalion Landing Team, The U.S.S. Guadalcanal, and an aerial view of the US.S. Guadalcanal, U.S.S Capricornus, U.S.S Plymouth, and the U.S.S York County at sea.

    Series 3: HMS VICTORY consists of two packets of reproduction drawings of Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) H.M.S Victory. These drawings show details of the outside of the H.M.S Victory and also show parts of the ships that wouldn’t normally be seen by tourists to the ship. Both sets of drawings are from 1970.

    Series 4: COMPHIBPAC OPERATIONS PLAN A11-45 consists of a photocopy of an article, ca. 1985, by James Davis Martin entitled "Top Secret Comphibatic Operations Plan A11-45: Story of the Invasion of Japan." This manuscript attempts to describe what would have happened during War World II had America not used atomic weapons on Japan. It has a detailed description of the fighting strategy that would have been used against the Japanese instead of Atomic Bombs.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Captain Victor Delano, was born in Washington, DC, 20 December 1919. He was the son of Capt. Harvey Delano, USN(Ret), and Marcia Murdock Delano. Delano attended public schools in Wichita, KS, Washington, DC and Newport, RI. He graduated from Severn School in 1937. Delano entered U.S. Naval Academy 2 July 1937. He graduated "with distinction" (8) and was commissioned an ensign in the U. S. Navy on 7 February 1941. Delano was stationed aboard the battleship USS WEST VIRGINIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 when the Japanese attacked. In February 1942, he was assigned to the antiaircraft cruiser USS SAN JUAN (CLAA-54) and in January 1944 was transferred to the destroyer USS WEDDERBURN (DD-684). Immediately after WW II, Delano was appointed commander of the USS SHOVELER (AM-382) and of Mine Division 23. In 1946, he attended Postgraduate School at the Naval Academy and then Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned an Master of Science degree in Physics from MIT in February 1949. Delano was then assigned to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory until November 1951 where he worked on atomic weapons effects testing. He commanded the destroyer USS EVERSOLE (DD-789) 1952-53, during the Korean War. He later served on the staff, Commander Second Fleet; as executive officer, USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148); on the staff, Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet; he commanded the USS TACONIC (AGC-17); he commanded Amphibious Squadron 8 and was Chief of Staff, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. His shore assignments included Bureau of Ordnance and Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He also attended the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

    Captain Delano was married, 23 June 1951, to Jacqueline Stinson of Santa Fe, NM who died 30 August 1990. They had a daughter, Katherine D. Jahnig of Chevy Chase, MD and son, Harvey Delano II of Sacramento, CA. One granddaughter, Leigh Jacqueline Jahnig; one grandson, Peter Delano Jahnig.Retired 1 December 1969.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    December 7, 1987, 3 items; Accounts of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and duty in the USS WEST VIRGINIA. Donor: Capt. Victor Delano.

    February 15, 1988 (addition 1), 8 items; Familygrams, Pearl Harbor report, program, and photographs. Donor: Capt. Victor Delano.

    August 29, 2000 (addition 2), 2 items, 0.044 cubic feet, 44 pages; 1. "H.M.S. Victory," prints of drawings of Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship, by Christine Warburton and L. Gover, 1970. 24 items (10-1/2? 7-3/4?); 2. "TOP SECRET COMPHIBPAC OPERATIONS PLAN A11-45: The Story of the Invasion of Japan," by James Martin Davis, 1945. EYES ONLY Serial No. 0013. Photocopy. 20 p. Donor: Capt. Victor Delano, U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941 (USN ret.)

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Capt. Victor Delano, U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941 (USN ret.)

    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

    Victor Delano Papers (#539), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, 10/22/2012; Finding aid and inventory revised by Jonathan Dembo, 10/22/2012; Final Inventory by Spencer Tart, 4/26/2012; Arrangement, Description, Preliminary Inventory, and Finding Aid by Spencer Tart, 4/18/2012; Encoded by Apex Data Services, March 2002

Container List

  • Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
     

    • Victor Delano's accounts relating to the attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941 (ca. 1941-1942, 1965) 1 item. 6 p.
       
      • Folder a
         
        Pearl Harbor (Part 1), by Victor Delano; account of his naval career 7 February - 7 December 1941, from his graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy to his service aboard the battleship USS WEST VIRGINIA (ca. 1965) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 6 p. (item 1)
        Pearl Harbor (Part 2) by Victor Delano; account of events of 7 December 1941 aboard the battleships USS WEST VIRGINIA (ca. 1965) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 23 p. (item 2)
        Ensign Victor Delano. Memorandum to Commanding Officer, via Gunnery Officer, [USS WEST VIRGINIA], Subject: Account of Events, December 7, 1941 (Part 3) (8 December 1941) Photocopy holographs. 1 item. 6 p. (item 3)
        Ensign Victor Delano. Memorandum to Commanding Officer, via Gunnery Officer, [USS WEST VIRGINIA], Subject: Account of Events, December 7, 1941 (Part 3) (8 December 1941) Photocopy holographs. 1 item. 6 p. (item 4)
  • Amphibious Squadron Eight
     

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder a
         
        Familygram, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding peace keeping in the Dominican Republic, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS OKINAWA (LP 3), Project Handclasp (2 June 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 5 p. (item 5)
        Familygram #2, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding peace keeping in the Dominican Republic, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), Project Handclasp (13 September 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 5 p. (item 6)
        Familygram #3, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding Dominican Republic, Battalion Landing , First Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, U. S. Marine Corps training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA 57), USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29), USS YORK COUNTY (LST 1175), Guantanamo, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Aruba & Curacao, Dutch West Indies; (4 November 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 11 p. (item 7)
        Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, Amphibious Force, United States Atlantic Fleet. Change of Command Ceremony: USS OKINAWA (LPH-3), Flagship, U. S. Naval Station, Norfolk, Program (22 April 1965) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 4 p. Note: includes biographical sketches of David S. Bill, Captain, U. S. Navy (departing commander) & Victor Delano, Captain U. S. Navy (arriving commander); History of Amphibious Squadron Eight; Commanders of Amphibious Squadron Eight; list of ships in Amphibious Squadron Eight. (item 8)
        Battalion Landing Team embarked in Ready Group Ships (P-539/1); USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) (P-539/3), and an aerial view of Amphibious Squadron Eight at sea, including the USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA 57), USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29), and the USS YORK COUNTY (LST 1175) (P-539/2) (ca. 1965) Photographic prints. Black & White. 3" x 5" prints. 3 items. 3 p. (item 9)
  • HMS Victory
     

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder b
         
        12 Superb Drawings of parts of the Exterior of Lord Nelson's famous flagship HMS VICTORY: Main Mast and Top - Belfry - Bowsprit - Foot of Mizzen Mast - Quarter Deck and Poop Ladder - Port Gangway looking aft - Port Sheet Anchor - Entry Port - Steering Wheel - Main Shrouds - Starboard Guns. Second Series. Drawings (c) L. Glover (1970) 7" x 10" prints. 1 item. 12 p. (item 1)
        12 Superb Drawings of parts of the Exterior of Lord Nelson's famous flagship HMS VICTORY: 1. Figurehead and Beakhead; 2. Port Carronade; 3. Poop Deck; 4. Upper Gun Deck; 5. Lower Gun Deck; 6. Capstan, Lower Gun Deck; 7. Tiller, Lower Gun Deck; 8. Two Stern Chasers; 9. Orlop Deck; 11. Carpenter's Walk; 12. Stern View. Drawings (c) Christine Warburton (1970) 7" x 10" prints. 1 item. 12 p. (item 2)

Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Delano Military Service Documents, Awards, and Research.
     

    • Box 2
       
      Japanese Aerial Photograph of Pearl Harbor attack. Undated.
      Photograph of the USS Arizona. Undated.
      Victor Delano's accounts of attack on Pearl Harbor. 1943, undated.
      Letter from Victor Delano onboard the USS West Virginia. November 29, 1941.
      Citation for Victor Delano on his Purple Heart Award. Undated.
      Commendations given to Victor Delano on his service in WWII. Undated.
      Items from Victor Delano's graduation at the US Naval Academy. 1941.
      Various Awards and Certifications given to Victor Delano during his naval career. 1949, 1953, 1968.
      Images of the USS Taconic. Undated.
      Additional testimonies of Pearl Harbor attack by Victor Delano. 2003, undated.
      Articles mentioning the authenticity of the Victor Delano character in Pearl Harbor film. 2001.
      The Lessons Learned: Military Preparedness 1941/1998. Attended by Victor Delano.
      Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony. 2003.
      Victor Delano's Twenty-Yearbook from the US Naval Academy. 1961.
      Victor Delano retirement commendation by Navy Admiral T.H. Moorer. 1969.
      Victor Delano's Legion of Merit Award. 1969.
    • Box 3
       
      Activity Log for the USS San Juan. 1942.
      Scrapbook of compiled information regarding Pearl Harbor attack. Notes, clippings, state of the US Navy a year afterward. 1941-1942, undated.
      Further accounts on Pearl Harbor attack by Victor Delano. Includes article in Disabled American Veterans. 2001, undated.
      Reprints of details regarding ship damages from Pearl Harbor attack. 1972, undated.
      Photocopies of information from various sources regarding the Pearl Harbor attack. 2003, undated.
      USS San Juan, Report of Actions. 1942-1944.
      Additional photocopies of Pearl Harbor; USS West Virginia, ship damages. 2003, 2006.
      Imagery regarding Pearl Harbor attacks. 2003, undated.
      Newspaper Clippings regarding USS West Virginia Captain Mervyn Bennion's death during Pearl Harbor. 1942, undated.
      Navy Change of Command Ceremony. 1968.
      USS San Juan papers. War correspondence, activity logs, photographs, communications vocabulary. 1942-1943, undated.
      "Yank: The Army Weekly" copy. 1943.
      Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight family gram. Sent by Victor Delano. 1966.
      USS Taconic family gram sent by Victor Delano. Undated.
    • Box 4
       
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part One. 1942-1951.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Two. 1951-1954.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Three. 1954-1959.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Four. 1959-1963.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Five. 1963-1968.
    • Box 5
       
      Professional Scientific and Engineering Manpower in Latin America. Thesis by Victor Delano. 1962.
      Nuclear Shielding Studies: Properties of Various Materials Against Neutrons and Gamma Rays, by John Daces, Roger Paine, and Clark Goodman. 1949.
      Nuclear Shielding Studies: Shielding Properties of the Concrete Wall of the MIT Cyclotron, by Victor Delano and Clark Goodman.
      Additional loose copy of Nuclear Shielding Studies: Shielding Properties of the Concrete Wall of the MIT Cyclotron. 1950.
      The Principles of War, by Rear Admiral C.R. Brown, US Naval War College. 1949.
      US Naval Ships historical papers; requests made by Victor Delano. Undated.
  • Victor Delano Personal Correspondence
     

    • Box 6
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1924-1927.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1928-1929.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1930-1933.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1936.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1937.
    • Box 7
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1938.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1939.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1939.
    • Box 8
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano. 1942-1943.
      Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano.1944.
      Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano. 1946.
    • Box 9
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1942.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1943.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1944.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1945.
    • Box 10
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946.
    • Box 11
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1947.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1947.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1948.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1948.
    • Box 12
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to extended family and friends. 1927-1945.
    • Box 13
       
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1944-1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1944-1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1944-1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1945.
    • Box 14
       
      Harvey Delano correspondence to his son Victor Delano. 1946-1947.
      Harvey Delano correspondence to Victor Delano. 1948-1949.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from various family members. 1942.
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1942.
      Correspondence from Victor Murdock to Victor Delano. 1942.
    • Box 15
       
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to her son Victor Delano. 1942.
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1943.
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1943.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from various family members. 1943.
    • Box 16
       
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1937.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1937.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
    • Box 17
       
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1939.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1940.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano while at the US Naval Academy. 1939-1941.
      Various Postcards from Victor Delano to extended family. 1938.
    • Box 18
       
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. 1940.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. 1940.
    • Box 19
       
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
    • Box 20
       
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. Includes correspondence immediately after Pearl Harbor attacks. 1941-1942.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940-1942.
      Victor Delano correspondence to Harvey and Marcia Delano from aboard the USS West Virginia. 1941.
      Victor Delano correspondence to Harvey and Marcia Delano from aboard the USS West Virginia and other ships. 1941-1942.
      Additional correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940-1942, 1948.
  • Photographs, Naval Medals, Miscellany
     

    • Box 21
       
      Victor Delano family photographs. 1944.
      Victor Delano family photographs. 1944-1945.
      Captain Victor Delano at Naval Ceremony. Undated.
      Photograph of the USS Wedderburn. Undated.
      Capt. Victor Delano of the USS Eversole. Undated.
      Funeral Notice for Victor Murdock. 1945.
      The Gator, August 12, 1966.
      New York Times clipping, 1945.
      Change of Command notice from Victor Delano to Ebenezer Porter. 1945.
    • Box 22
       
      Survival on Land and Sea, 1943.
      Severn School Alumni Directory, 1941-1946.
      An Amphibious Anthology of Rare Hymns and Chorales. Undated.
      US Naval Academy Scrapbook, 1932-1936.
    Victor Delano's service medals and honors. Includes Purple Heart among others. Undated.
    Scrapbook presented to Victor Delano from the USS Newport. Undated.
  • Oversized Materials
     

    World War II Naval Photograph book. Undated.
    Newsmap, October 11, 1943.
    Victor Delano Service Awards and Certifications. 1941-1968.
    USS Shoveler Crew and Cruise routes. 1949, undated.

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Container List

  • Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
     

    • Victor Delano's accounts relating to the attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941 (ca. 1941-1942, 1965) 1 item. 6 p.
       
      • Folder a
         
        Pearl Harbor (Part 1), by Victor Delano; account of his naval career 7 February - 7 December 1941, from his graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy to his service aboard the battleship USS WEST VIRGINIA (ca. 1965) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 6 p. (item 1)
        Pearl Harbor (Part 2) by Victor Delano; account of events of 7 December 1941 aboard the battleships USS WEST VIRGINIA (ca. 1965) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 23 p. (item 2)
        Ensign Victor Delano. Memorandum to Commanding Officer, via Gunnery Officer, [USS WEST VIRGINIA], Subject: Account of Events, December 7, 1941 (Part 3) (8 December 1941) Photocopy holographs. 1 item. 6 p. (item 3)
        Ensign Victor Delano. Memorandum to Commanding Officer, via Gunnery Officer, [USS WEST VIRGINIA], Subject: Account of Events, December 7, 1941 (Part 3) (8 December 1941) Photocopy holographs. 1 item. 6 p. (item 4)
  • Amphibious Squadron Eight
     

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder a
         
        Familygram, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding peace keeping in the Dominican Republic, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS OKINAWA (LP 3), Project Handclasp (2 June 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 5 p. (item 5)
        Familygram #2, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding peace keeping in the Dominican Republic, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), Project Handclasp (13 September 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 5 p. (item 6)
        Familygram #3, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding Dominican Republic, Battalion Landing , First Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, U. S. Marine Corps training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA 57), USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29), USS YORK COUNTY (LST 1175), Guantanamo, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Aruba & Curacao, Dutch West Indies; (4 November 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 11 p. (item 7)
        Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, Amphibious Force, United States Atlantic Fleet. Change of Command Ceremony: USS OKINAWA (LPH-3), Flagship, U. S. Naval Station, Norfolk, Program (22 April 1965) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 4 p. Note: includes biographical sketches of David S. Bill, Captain, U. S. Navy (departing commander) & Victor Delano, Captain U. S. Navy (arriving commander); History of Amphibious Squadron Eight; Commanders of Amphibious Squadron Eight; list of ships in Amphibious Squadron Eight. (item 8)
        Battalion Landing Team embarked in Ready Group Ships (P-539/1); USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) (P-539/3), and an aerial view of Amphibious Squadron Eight at sea, including the USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA 57), USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29), and the USS YORK COUNTY (LST 1175) (P-539/2) (ca. 1965) Photographic prints. Black & White. 3" x 5" prints. 3 items. 3 p. (item 9)
  • HMS Victory
     

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder b
         
        12 Superb Drawings of parts of the Exterior of Lord Nelson's famous flagship HMS VICTORY: Main Mast and Top - Belfry - Bowsprit - Foot of Mizzen Mast - Quarter Deck and Poop Ladder - Port Gangway looking aft - Port Sheet Anchor - Entry Port - Steering Wheel - Main Shrouds - Starboard Guns. Second Series. Drawings (c) L. Glover (1970) 7" x 10" prints. 1 item. 12 p. (item 1)
        12 Superb Drawings of parts of the Exterior of Lord Nelson's famous flagship HMS VICTORY: 1. Figurehead and Beakhead; 2. Port Carronade; 3. Poop Deck; 4. Upper Gun Deck; 5. Lower Gun Deck; 6. Capstan, Lower Gun Deck; 7. Tiller, Lower Gun Deck; 8. Two Stern Chasers; 9. Orlop Deck; 11. Carpenter's Walk; 12. Stern View. Drawings (c) Christine Warburton (1970) 7" x 10" prints. 1 item. 12 p. (item 2)

Preliminary Inventory

  • Delano Military Service Documents, Awards, and Research.
     

    • Box 2
       
      Japanese Aerial Photograph of Pearl Harbor attack. Undated.
      Photograph of the USS Arizona. Undated.
      Victor Delano's accounts of attack on Pearl Harbor. 1943, undated.
      Letter from Victor Delano onboard the USS West Virginia. November 29, 1941.
      Citation for Victor Delano on his Purple Heart Award. Undated.
      Commendations given to Victor Delano on his service in WWII. Undated.
      Items from Victor Delano's graduation at the US Naval Academy. 1941.
      Various Awards and Certifications given to Victor Delano during his naval career. 1949, 1953, 1968.
      Images of the USS Taconic. Undated.
      Additional testimonies of Pearl Harbor attack by Victor Delano. 2003, undated.
      Articles mentioning the authenticity of the Victor Delano character in Pearl Harbor film. 2001.
      The Lessons Learned: Military Preparedness 1941/1998. Attended by Victor Delano.
      Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony. 2003.
      Victor Delano's Twenty-Yearbook from the US Naval Academy. 1961.
      Victor Delano retirement commendation by Navy Admiral T.H. Moorer. 1969.
      Victor Delano's Legion of Merit Award. 1969.
    • Box 3
       
      Activity Log for the USS San Juan. 1942.
      Scrapbook of compiled information regarding Pearl Harbor attack. Notes, clippings, state of the US Navy a year afterward. 1941-1942, undated.
      Further accounts on Pearl Harbor attack by Victor Delano. Includes article in Disabled American Veterans. 2001, undated.
      Reprints of details regarding ship damages from Pearl Harbor attack. 1972, undated.
      Photocopies of information from various sources regarding the Pearl Harbor attack. 2003, undated.
      USS San Juan, Report of Actions. 1942-1944.
      Additional photocopies of Pearl Harbor; USS West Virginia, ship damages. 2003, 2006.
      Imagery regarding Pearl Harbor attacks. 2003, undated.
      Newspaper Clippings regarding USS West Virginia Captain Mervyn Bennion's death during Pearl Harbor. 1942, undated.
      Navy Change of Command Ceremony. 1968.
      USS San Juan papers. War correspondence, activity logs, photographs, communications vocabulary. 1942-1943, undated.
      "Yank: The Army Weekly" copy. 1943.
      Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight family gram. Sent by Victor Delano. 1966.
      USS Taconic family gram sent by Victor Delano. Undated.
    • Box 4
       
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part One. 1942-1951.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Two. 1951-1954.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Three. 1954-1959.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Four. 1959-1963.
      Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Five. 1963-1968.
    • Box 5
       
      Professional Scientific and Engineering Manpower in Latin America. Thesis by Victor Delano. 1962.
      Nuclear Shielding Studies: Properties of Various Materials Against Neutrons and Gamma Rays, by John Daces, Roger Paine, and Clark Goodman. 1949.
      Nuclear Shielding Studies: Shielding Properties of the Concrete Wall of the MIT Cyclotron, by Victor Delano and Clark Goodman.
      Additional loose copy of Nuclear Shielding Studies: Shielding Properties of the Concrete Wall of the MIT Cyclotron. 1950.
      The Principles of War, by Rear Admiral C.R. Brown, US Naval War College. 1949.
      US Naval Ships historical papers; requests made by Victor Delano. Undated.
  • Victor Delano Personal Correspondence
     

    • Box 6
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1924-1927.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1928-1929.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1930-1933.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1936.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1937.
    • Box 7
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1938.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1939.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1939.
    • Box 8
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano. 1942-1943.
      Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano.1944.
      Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano. 1946.
    • Box 9
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1942.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1943.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1944.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1945.
    • Box 10
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946.
    • Box 11
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1947.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1947.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1948.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1948.
    • Box 12
       
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano to extended family and friends. 1927-1945.
    • Box 13
       
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1944-1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1944-1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1944-1945.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1945.
    • Box 14
       
      Harvey Delano correspondence to his son Victor Delano. 1946-1947.
      Harvey Delano correspondence to Victor Delano. 1948-1949.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from various family members. 1942.
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1942.
      Correspondence from Victor Murdock to Victor Delano. 1942.
    • Box 15
       
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to her son Victor Delano. 1942.
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1943.
      Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1943.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from various family members. 1943.
    • Box 16
       
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1937.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1937.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
    • Box 17
       
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1939.
      Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1940.
      Correspondence from Victor Delano while at the US Naval Academy. 1939-1941.
      Various Postcards from Victor Delano to extended family. 1938.
    • Box 18
       
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. 1940.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. 1940.
    • Box 19
       
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939.
    • Box 20
       
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. Includes correspondence immediately after Pearl Harbor attacks. 1941-1942.
      Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940-1942.
      Victor Delano correspondence to Harvey and Marcia Delano from aboard the USS West Virginia. 1941.
      Victor Delano correspondence to Harvey and Marcia Delano from aboard the USS West Virginia and other ships. 1941-1942.
      Additional correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940-1942, 1948.
  • Photographs, Naval Medals, Miscellany
     

    • Box 21
       
      Victor Delano family photographs. 1944.
      Victor Delano family photographs. 1944-1945.
      Captain Victor Delano at Naval Ceremony. Undated.
      Photograph of the USS Wedderburn. Undated.
      Capt. Victor Delano of the USS Eversole. Undated.
      Funeral Notice for Victor Murdock. 1945.
      The Gator, August 12, 1966.
      New York Times clipping, 1945.
      Change of Command notice from Victor Delano to Ebenezer Porter. 1945.
    • Box 22
       
      Survival on Land and Sea, 1943.
      Severn School Alumni Directory, 1941-1946.
      An Amphibious Anthology of Rare Hymns and Chorales. Undated.
      US Naval Academy Scrapbook, 1932-1936.
    Victor Delano's service medals and honors. Includes Purple Heart among others. Undated.
    Scrapbook presented to Victor Delano from the USS Newport. Undated.
  • Oversized Materials
     

    World War II Naval Photograph book. Undated.
    Newsmap, October 11, 1943.
    Victor Delano Service Awards and Certifications. 1941-1968.
    USS Shoveler Crew and Cruise routes. 1949, undated.

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