Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: USS Major (DE-796) Records, 1945-1972

Manuscript Collection #564-004

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: USS Major (DE-796) Records
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Records [1945-1972] including newsletter, history, photographs, and clippings.
    Extent: 0.15 Cubic feet, 3 items , including a newsletter and history.
  • Description

    This collection covers the background and history of the USS Major, a destroyer escort, and its campaigns. Most of the information comes from a history of the USS Major provided by the Office of Naval Records and History, Ship's Histories section, in the Navy Department. Included are details of its shakedown cruise in the Carribean and Casco Bay, Maine; its use as a convoy escort to Tunisia, Algeria, and Plymouth, England (1944); the role of the ship in patrolling and running escorts to Leyte and Hollandia in the Philippine Sea frontier; and its involvement in the sea rescue of U.S. Army guerilla leader, Lt. Hermongilde Acosta (1945). Also mentioned is participation in a convoy to Okinawa (1945) and the use of a high frequency direction finder to direct the USS Knox to a downed pilot (1945).

    The Navy Department history also records the presence of the USS Major in Tokyo harbor for the Japanese surrender (1945) and then its trip to Long Beach, California, for decommissioning. It became part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet (1948) where it remained until being sold and scrapped in 1972.

    Additional materials found in the collection are copies of "The Capstan Times" (1945), the ship's weekly paper, which provided information on demobilization, the G.I. bill, G.I. loans, and V-J day; and a photocopy of the history of the USS Major, from the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships, Volume IV, which provides ship statistics.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    June 18, 1990, 5 items, Copies of ship's newsletter, photograph, history, and clipping. Gift of Mr. Joe Martin, Norfolk, Virginia

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Joe Martin

    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: USS Major (DE-796) Records (#564-004), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by L. Turner, November 1992

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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