William L. Hewes, Jr., Papers, 1943-1945

Manuscript Collection #656

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: William L. Hewes, Jr., Papers
    Creator: William L. Hewes, Jr., 1922-
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1943-1945) including official war diary, summary of important events, statistics, etc.
    Extent: 0.024 Cubic feet, 21 pages compiled from an official war diary and a summary of important events.
  • Description

    Hewes used the official war diary of the MILLER to compile this account and included personal observations and opinions as well.

    The collection consists of a narrative detailing activities of the MILLER and its crew, as well as other ships, in the Pacific Theatre. Described are battles and operations in the Caroline Islands (April-May 1944, p. 2); Marianas Islands (June 1944, p. 2); Iwo Jima (July 1944, p. 3); and the Leyte Gulf (October 1944, pp. 4-5). Specific events are also detailed including the rescue of Japanese and Korean survivors of a sunken supply ship in the Marianas Islands (June 1944, p. 2); a typhoon that sank three destroyers (December 17-18, 1944, pp. 6-7); and the crippling of aircraft carrier USS FRANKLIN (CV-13) near Honshu, Japan, and subsequent rescue and fire-control efforts (March 19-24, 1945, pp. 7-8). At the end of the narrative, statistics for the MILLER are listed including specifics concerning its operation in battle, fueling, maintenance, repair, and fleet assignments (pp. 10-20).

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    William L. Hewes, Jr. (b. 1922), joined the U.S. Naval Reserves and was assigned to the destroyer USS MILLER (DD-535) during World War II. Hewes served as officer of the deck, anti-submarine warfare officer, torpedo officer, and navigator.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    September 9, 1993, 21 typed pages; Operations of the USS MILLER (DD-535) in the Forward Area of the Pacific from December 1, 1943, to July 3, 1945. Gift of Mr. William L. Hewes, Jr., Santa Rosa, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. William L. Hewes, Jr.

    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

    William L. Hewes, Jr., Papers (#656), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

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

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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