|Title:||Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Norman C. Hoffman Papers|
|Creator:||Hoffman, Norman C.|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Papers (1944-1945, 1966, 1988) including correspondence, citations, newspaper clippings.|
|Extent:||0.461 Cubic feet, 15 items , consisting of correspondence (originals and copies), a citation, and newspaper clippings.|
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
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
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.
Processed by S. Gibbons, November 1992
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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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