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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Lloyd O. Johnson Papers, 1932-1941, 1991-1994

(Manuscript Collection #677-021)

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Title: U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Lloyd O. Johnson Papers
Creator: Johnson, Lloyd O.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Scrapbook containing accounts of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, duty on USS Whitney (AD-4), and World War II mysteries of the code breakers. (undated)
Extent: 0.155 Cubic feet, Scrapbook containing accounts of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, duty on USS WHITNEY (AD-4), and World War II mysteries of the code breakers.

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Accessions Information

April 25, 1995, 1 volume; Scrapbook containing accounts of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, duty on USS WHITNEY (AD-4), and World War II mysteries of the code breakers. Gift of Lt. Cmdr. (Ret) Lloyd O. Johnson, USN, Crystal River, FL.

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Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Lloyd O. Johnson Papers (#677-021), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Lt. Cmdr. (Ret) Lloyd O. Johnson, USN

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Lloyd O. Johnson (b. December 10, 1906) began his naval career on the transport USS HENDERSON (AP-1, 1928-1932), served with Battleship Division Three (1932-1936), and attained the rank of chief yeoman (AA). Johnson was assigned to the destroyer tender USS WHITNEY (AD-4, 1939-1942) as a pay clerk and member of the ship's coding board; the small craft disbursing office, 14 Naval District (1942-1944); and to the destroyer tender USS GRAND CANYON (AD-28, 1952-1954) as a supply and senior coding officer. Johnson retired as a lieutenant commander, Supply Corps (1961), worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, and graduated from college in Staten Island, NY (1972).

The bulk of this scrapbook contains information detailing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941). Several narratives detail the attack, including Johnson's firsthand description of his and his crewmate's experiences on the USS WHITNEY. Other accounts come from Navy files, Congressional records, and other official sources. Also provided are timelines of Johnson's actions during the day; descriptions of the four phases of the Japanese attack; a chart of plane types used and at what time of day; copies of the WHITNEY'S log with comments and statistics concerning the attack; lists of Japanese ships in the attack with the numbers of planes, their targets, and armament carried; and a list of American ships at Pearl Harbor with estimates of their condition after the bombing. A number of Pearl Harbor maps provide the positions of ships in the harbor, Johnson's path back to the WHITNEY during the attack, and several of the Japanese attack routes. Johnson also reminisces about his entire Navy career and includes correspondence andinformation about WHITNEY reunions. A copy of a letter from President Bill Clinton to a Pearl Harbor survivor concerning National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is also included.

The rest of the scrapbook is concerned with Johnson's suspicions concerning activities relating to codes, particularly the code-breaking operation ULTRA during World War II. Also referred to are the German code Enigma and descriptions of the Enigma keyboard; WAVE (Women in the U.S. Navy) participation in operation of the La Bomba code-breaking machines; information concerning the Purple and Magic codes; the locations of the main code-breaking stations; and the head of ULTRA operations, William Friedman. Also included is information concerning the chancellor of the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu, Takeo Yoshikawa, a spy who furnished the Japanese government with information about the Fleet at Pearl Harbor prior to the attack. Also furnished are excerpts from the books And I Was There, American Magic, and At Dawn We Slept, Johnson's main sources.

Johnson also discusses his own experiences as a member of the Coding Board of the WHITNEY. These include the interception of a message that describes the shooting down of Japanese Admiral Yamamoto and decoding messages about the Japanese attacks on Midway and the Aleutians.

Finally, the collection contains various newspaper clippings, copies of photographs, maps, charts, speeches and other miscellaneous items pertaining to Johnson's Navy career.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

  • Clinton, [William Jefferson] Bill 1994

Subject Entries :

  • FRIEDMAN, WILLIAM
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS HENDERSON
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS GRAND CANYON
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Battles--Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Battles--Pearl Harbor--Publications
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Battles--Pearl Harbor--Weapons
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Cryptography
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II-Cryptography--Publications
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Ships--USS WHITNEY
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--WAVES
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Subversive Activities

Date Entries :

  • 1941

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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