Donald J. Martin Collection, 1944-1945

Manuscript Collection #661

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Donald J. Martin Collection
    Creator: Martin, Donald J., 1925-
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1944-1945) including memoir, history of USS LSM-9, off loading of tanks, etc.
    Extent: 0.024 Cubic feet, Eleven-page history of USS LSM-9 by Donald J. Martin.
  • Description

    The collection consists of an eleven-page memoir concerning the actions of USS LSM-9 while assigned to convoy duty out of Hawaii. The ship was involved in routine rear area convoy duty and made trips to Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi, Saipan, the Russell Islands, Tulagi, Hollandia, New Britain, the Admiralties, and Leyte (10 September 1944 - 4 August 1945, pp. 3-8). Information concerning the invasion of Okinawa includes the off-loading of tanks and equipment over a reef on Purple Beach (April 1945, pp. 6-7). Other items of interest pertain to the gathering of fish by Hawaiians from a dry dock and a description of the destruction by Japanese forces in Pearl Harbor (10 September 1944, pp. 3-4); a typhoon near Ulithi (4 November 1944, p. 4); and the technical specifications of LSM-9. The LSM-9 was decommissioned on 20 December 1945. Martin's biographical information is also included.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Donald J. Martin (b. 1 June 1925), a native of the Bronx, N.Y., enlisted in the Navy (August 1943) and trained in Sampson, N.Y., and Little Creek, Va. Martin served on medium landing ship USS LSM-9 in the Pacific Theatre (1944-1945) and was discharged after World War II (April 1946). He worked for the U.S. Post Office for thirty-five years and retired with the position of Station Manager (1984).

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    September 9, 1993, 11 items; History of the USS LSM-9 (1944-1945). Gift of Donald J. Martin, Staten Island, NY.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Donald J. 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

    Donald J. Martin Collection (#661), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Burdette, August 1994

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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