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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Henry Champ Papers, 1939-1959

Manuscript Collection #677-045

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

Title: U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Henry Champ Papers
Creator: Champ, Henry
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1939-1959) including photographs, awards, correspondence, orders, propaganda leaflets, and miscellaneous items.
Extent: 0.155 Cubic feet, 150 items , consisting of photographs, awards, correspondence, orders, propaganda leaflets, and miscellaneous items.

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

Accessions Information

February 6, 1996, ca. 150 items; Papers (1939-1959) of a U.S. Navy enlisted man, including correspondence, photographs, certificates, menus, propaganda leaflets, and miscellany. Gift of U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, DC.

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

U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Henry Champ Papers (#677-045), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Henry Champ (b. April 26, 1918) received his naval training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL, and was assigned to the repair ship USS MEDUSA (AR-1) as an apprentice seaman (May 1939-October 1944). Champ became certified as a fireman, storekeeper, and chief storekeeper while serving on the MEDUSA. Champ also served on the heavy cruiser USS COLUMBUS (CA-74, October 1944-August 1945); at the Navy Overseas Freight Terminal in San Francisco, CA (August 1945-July 1947); in fleet activities at Yokosuka, Japan (August 1947-December 1950); and on board the destroyer USS BRECKENRIDGE (DD-148, February 1951-June 1, 1951). He attended Service School Command in San Francisco (July 1951-March 1955) and served with the Mobile Construction Battalion in Guam (March 1955-June 1957. Champ then served with the Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet, in Bremerton, WA, until his retirement (March 1959).

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

Correspondence consists of orders, a letter, and a telegram that informs the receiver of Champ's safety following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The bulk of the collection contains photographs and includes battleships USS ARIZONA (BB-39) and USS OKLAHOMA (BB-37), and destroyer USS DOWNES (DD-375) after the Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941). Also included are photographs of Ford Island and Battleship Row during the attack, Japanese prisoners of war, landing seaplanes, officers and crew of the MEDUSA, and German pocket battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE at sea and sunken.

Miscellaneous items include programs and menus from holiday celebrations on board the MEDUSA, propaganda leaflets dropped by the Japanese on U.S. service men, occupation money issued to the U.S. military, an armistice ticket for Japanese surrender, "safe conduct passes" issued by General Douglas MacArthur, and other memorabilia.

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 :

  • Forrestal, James [Vincent] 1947

Subject Entries :

  • GERMANY--World War II--Navy--Ships--ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--20th Century
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS ARIZONA
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS COLUMBUS
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS DOWNES
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS MEDUSA
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS MISSOURI
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS OKLAHOMA
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Battles--Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Prisoners of War
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Propaganda
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Germany--Ships--ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Aftermath
Description: Victory lights over Pearl Harbor, August 13
Location: Hawaii--Pearl Harbor
Date: 1945
Call Number: p-677\45/96

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy
Description: Battleship row before attack
Location: Hawaii--Honolulu
Date: 1941
Call Number: p-677\45/29

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Entertainment
Description: Champ and friend on Waikiki beach after attack
Location: Hawaii--Pearl Harbor
Date: 1941
Call Number: p-677\45/93

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Entertainment
Description: Champ with friend on transport back to U.S.
Date: 1945
Call Number: p-677\45/94

WAR--WORLD WAR II-Navy--Naval Bases
Description: Air base during Japanese attack
Location: Hawaii--Ford Island
Date: 1941
Call Number: p-677\45/28

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Ships--German Pocket Battleship--ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE
Description: Sunk
Date: 1941
Call Number: p-677\45/31, 32, 34, 35

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Ships--USS ARIZONA
Description: Harbor after Japanese attack
Location: Hawaii--Pearl Harbor
Date: 1941
Call Number: p-677\45/2

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Ships--USS ARIZONA
Description: After the attack
Location: Pearl Harbor, HI
Date: 1941
Call Number: p-677\45/38

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Ships--USS MEDUSA
Description: Officers
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-677\45/27

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Ships--USS MEDUSA
Description: Naval repair ship AR-1
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-677\45/98

WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Sports
Description: Wrestling match
Date: 1940s
Call Number: p-677\45/25

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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