Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Norman C. Hoffman Papers, 1944-1945, 1966, 1988

Manuscript Collection #564-003

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Norman C. Hoffman Papers
    Creator: Hoffman, Norman C. (Norman Cutten), 1913-
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1944–1945, 1966, 1988) including correspondence, citations, newspaper clippings.
    Extent: 0.15 Cubic feet, 15 items , consisting of correspondence (originals and copies), a citation, and newspaper clippings.
  • Description

    Lt. Commander Norman Cutten Hoffman, USNR (b. 1913), commanded the USS Baker, a destroyer escort attached to Escort Division 48 in 1944. The division was a hunter-killer task force stationed at Norfolk Naval base working in the North Atlantic. This collection consists of correspondence and miscellaneous items concerning an incident on 5 July 1944, in which the Baker depth-charged a German mine-laying submarine (U-233) to the surface and proceeded to attack with the thought of capturing it. The USS Thomas, under the command of David Kellogg, arrived and promptly rammed and sank the submarine. Both ships and captains received credit for the kill.

    The collection contains correspondence between Vice Admiral George A. Parkinson (of Escort Division 48), David Kellogg, Norman Hoffman, and Armistead I. Selden Jr. (of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama) concerning Orville Nicholson's article "Echoes From the Deep" about this incident, which Selden read into the Congressional Record on 1 July 1965. Both Selden and Nicholson were sailors aboard the Baker in 1944.

    Also included are newspaper clippings (1944–1945), a citation (Legion of Merit award) given to Hoffman for his actions, and a statement by Hoffman (1988) regarding the incident on 5 July 1944.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    December 9, 1988, 13 items; Papers (1944, 1966), including correspondence, clippings, and a citation concerning the USS Baker (DE-190). Gift of Captain Norman C. Hoffman, USNR (Ret), Naples, Florida

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Captain Norman C. Hoffman, USNR (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

    Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Norman C. Hoffman Papers (#564-003), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by S. Gibbons, November 1992

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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