Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Louis F. Loutrel Jr. Papers, 1944-1945

Manuscript Collection #564-008

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Louis F. Loutrel Jr. Papers
    Creator: Loutrel, Louis F.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1944–1945) of Lieutenant Commander Louis F. Loutrel Jr. including ship's histories, war diary (27 September–4 October 1945), roster, and clippings concerning the USS Williams (DE-372).
    Extent: 0.2 Cubic feet, 1 archival folder,
  • Description

    Lieutenant Commander Louis F. Loutrel Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve, was in command of escort vessel USS Williams (DE-372) when it was commissioned (11 November 1944). Stationed in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, the ship was attached to the Guam Local Patrol. Williams was decommissioned 11 November 1946.

    The collection is comprised of the war diary of the USS Williams and miscellaneous materials. The war diary describes a severe typhoon encountered by the Williams just after the end of World War II during occupation operations. Included are weather transmissions from Radio Guam, descriptions of damage on board, and recommendations by Loutrel concerning future damage control (27 September–4 October 1945). Also included is a typescript reminiscence recounting the storm from a sailor's point of view.

    Other materials include the ship's roster (11 November 1944), a copy of an article written about the typhoon in the Olean Times Herald (13 October 1945), and a detailed description of a "Crossing the Line" ceremony.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    December 9, 1988 4 items; Papers (1944–1945), including ship's histories, roster, and clippings concerning the USS Williams (DE-372). Donor: Capt. Louis F. Loutrel Jr., USNR (Ret)

    March 1, 1989 (addition 1), 1 item; USS Williams (DE-372) war diary (27 September–4 October 1945). Donor: Capt. Louis F. Loutrel Jr., USNR (Ret).

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Capt. Louis F. Loutrel Jr., 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: Louis F. Loutrel Jr. Papers (#564-008), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by S. Gibbons; A. Merriman, November 1999

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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