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

Manuscript Collection #564-003

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Title: Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Norman C. Hoffman Papers
Creator: Hoffman, Norman C. (Norman Cutten), 1913-
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: 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.

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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

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Captain Norman C. Hoffman, USNR(Ret)

Processing Information

  • Processed by S. Gibbons, November 1992

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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 July 5, 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 July 1, 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 July 5, 1944.

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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 :

  • Ingersoll, R[oyal] E[ason] 1944
  • [Selden], Armistead [Inge, Jr.] (2) 1966

Subject Entries :

  • U.S.--CONGRESS--House
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS BAKER
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS THOMAS
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Anti-Submarine Procedures

Date Entries :

  • 1944

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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