|Title:||Donald J. Martin Collection|
|Creator:||Martin, Donald J.|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|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.|
September 9, 1993, 11 items; History of the USS LSM-9 (1944-1945). Gift of Donald J. Martin, Staten Island, NY.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Donald J. Martin Collection (#661), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by M. Burdette, August 1994
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Donald J. Martin (b. June 1, 1925), a native of the Bronx, NY, enlisted in the Navy (August 1943) and trained in Sampson, NY, 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).
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 (September 10, 1944-August 4, 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 (September 10, 1944, pp. 3-4); a typhoon near Ulithi (November 4, 1944, p. 4); and the technical specifications of LSM-9. The LSM-9 was decommissioned on December 20, 1945. Martin's biographical information is also included.
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