James P. Lynch Papers

1938-1994, undated
Manuscript Collection #818
Creator(s)
Lynch, James P.
Physical description
0.125 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box
Preferred Citation
James P. Lynch Papers (#818), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers (1938-1994) of Captain James P. Lynch (USN ret.) a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941, including correspondence, programs and leaflets (1938-67); clippings (1944-94); printed forms (1940-75); and photographic prints (1943-68).


Biographical/historical information

After graduation from the Naval Academy in February 1941, Captain Lynch had a wide range of duties including assignments in destroyers, submarines, aircraft carriers, and auxiliary ships as well as staff assignments. His first duty after graduation was on patrol in the Atlantic prior to World War II, and in action against German U-Boats until March 1942. In March 1942, Captain Lynch volunteered for submarine duty and, after attending submarine school, was assigned to duty in submarines for the remainder of World War II and the year following. As a submariner, Captain Lynch made eight war patrols in the Western Pacific in the USS SNOOK (SS 279) and the USS SEA DOG (SS 401). At the end of the war, Captain Lynch was in command of the USS S-45 (SS 156). Prior to leaving submarines duty for flight training in October 1946, Captain Lynch also commanded the submarines USS DEVILFISH, (SS 292) and USS SARDA (SS 488).

After completion of flight training in 1948, Captain Lynch was assigned duties involving flying. These have included tours of duty as Commanding Officer of ASW Patrol Squadron FORTY-NINE, Navigator of the USS CORAL SEA (CVA 43), Commanding Officer of the USS JUPITER (AVS-8) and Commanding Officer of the USS YORKTOWN (CVS 10) and staff assignments on the Staff of General Lauris Norstad, USAF, at SHAPE, Paris France; Chief of Staff and Aide to Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Group THREE, Assistant Head of the Air Weapons Analysis Staff in the office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air; and Navy Planner in the office of the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Strategic Plans (OP 60).

Lynch holds the distinction of being qualified to wear both submariner's dolphins and aviator's wings. He is one of only a few officers in the history of the U.S. Navy who has commanded both submarines and an aircraft carrier. He has also been awarded the following decorations and medals: Silver Star; Navy and Marine Corps Medal; Bronze Star with "V"; Navy Commendations Medal with gold star and "V"; American Defense Service Medal with "A"; American Area Campaign Medal- Asiatic- Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze stars; World War II Victory Medal; Philippine Defense Ribbon; Navy Occupation Ribbon with European Clasp; Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze Stars; and Submarine Combat Insignia with six stars. Lynch retired from active duty on August 31, 1968.


Scope and arrangement

The Lynch Papers consist of four series. These include Correspondence, Printed Materials, Photographic Prints and Oversized Materials. For a detailed listing, please see the container list. The correspondence documents Lynch's military career from its beginnings through 1967. Many of the letters are either written to Lynch or are about Lynch, usually concerning his outstanding performance and advance through the military ranks. Also included are letters written during Lynch's tours aboard the USS JUPITER (AVS-8) and the USS YORKTOWN (CVS 10)

Printed Materials consists of rosters, invitations, programs and clippings highlighting events and commemorations related to Lynch's military career. Most articles focus on Lynch either leaving a command or being assigned to a new command. Of particular interest is an article written about Mrs. Patricia Lynch (Lynch's wife) in which she offers insight into her life as a military wife. There are also award certificates documenting the various specialized courses Lynch completed. Also included are several forms concerning Lynch's rank and assignments.

Photographic Prints includes mostly military-related photographs, with a few personal-related included. Many of the photos are of Lynch with fellow commanding officers. Also included are aerial photographs of many of the vessels Lynch served on, including the USS YORKTOWN (CVS 10), USS JUPITER (AVS-8), USS CORAL SEA (CVA 43), USS SEA DOG (SS 401) and the USS SNOOK (SS 279). Group photos document Lynch's affiliation with several groups. These groups include the Strategic Plans Division (OP-60), the Navy Strategic Plans Division, the Joint U.S. NATO Standing Committee and the Australian Joint Antisubmarine School.

The Oversized series contains three items that were relocated due to their large size. Of particular interest is an aerial photo of the USS SARDA (SS 488) entering Havana, Cuba in 1944. Also included is Lynch's diploma for his completion of submarine school in 1942, as well as a newspaper clipping on the USS YORKTOWN (CVS 10), a ship also known as "Fighting Lady".


Administrative information
Custodial History

May 2, 2001, 136 items; Consisting of correspondence, programs and leaflets (1938-1967); Newspaper clippings (1944-1994); Printed Forms (1940-1975); Photographic Prints (1943-1968). Donor: Capt. James P. Lynch (USN ret.)

Source of acquisition

Gift of Capt. James P. Lynch (USN ret.)

Processing information

Processed by Elizabeth C. Barrow, May 2, 2003

Processed by Dale Sauter, May 10, 2008

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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


Related material

James P. Lynch Oral History Interview (Oral History #OH0181)


Key terms
Personal Names
Lynch, James P.
Lynch, Patricia
Corporate Names
Coral Sea (Aircraft carrier)
Snook (Submarine)
United States. Navy--Officers
United States. Navy--Submarine forces
Yorktown (Aircraft carrier : CV-10)
Topical
Navy spouses--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations--Submarine
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Promotion to Midshipman First Petty Officer, USNA; 1 sheet, 9/13/1940
Box 1 Folder a Action note, USS Wainwright; 1 sheet, 11/22/1941
Box 1 Folder a Request for flight training endorsement and memo; 2 sheets, 12/6/1943
Box 1 Folder a Fitness report, Submarine base; 1 sheet, 4/11/1944
Box 1 Folder a Memo, Submarine Combat insignia; 1 sheet, 9/18/1943
Box 1 Folder a Endorsement of physical exam for rank of Lt. Commander; 1 sheet, 8/14/1945
Box 1 Folder a Effort to get orders to flight training school, USS Devilfish; 6 sheets, December 1945 - March 1946
Box 1 Folder a Acceptance of appointment to Lt. Commander of US Navy on 7/20/45; 1 sheet, 10/14/1947
Box 1 Folder a Designation of status to Naval Aviator, Texas; 1 sheet, 6/23/1948
Box 1 Folder a Designation of status to Patrol Plane First Pilot; 1 sheet, 1/28/1949
Box 1 Folder a Designation of status to Patrol Plane Commander; 2 sheets, 7/12/1949
Box 1 Folder a Memo, Battle Efficiency Pennant; 2 sheets, September 1950
Box 1 Folder a Temporary Appointment and Congratulations; 1 sheet, 4/11/1951
Box 1 Folder a Temporary Duty, USS Currituck; 1 sheet, 2/2/1953
Box 1 Folder a Designation of status to Patrol plane commander, squadron 49; 1 sheet, 5/25/1953
Box 1 Folder a Appointment of permanent command of USS Coral Sea from 1/1/51 - 1/1/54; 1 sheet, 5/3/1954
Box 1 Folder a Memo of praise on performance; 1 sheet, 9/7/1954
Box 1 Folder a Letter about completion of a course in USN postgraduate school; 1 sheet, 2/17/1956
Box 1 Folder a Letter about completion of Strategy and Tactics, Part II; 1 sheet, 3/7/1957
Box 1 Folder a Letter from Vice Admiral H. P. Smith; 1 sheet, 6/3/1959
Box 1 Folder a Temporary Assignment of Captain as of 7/1/59; 1 sheet, 9/18/1959
Box 1 Folder a Memo, SECDEF Budget Review Committees; 1 sheet, 2/4/1961
Box 1 Folder a Memo, Praise of performance ; 2 sheets, 2/28/1961
Box 1 Folder a Letters about Lynch's performance; 2 sheets, 3/8/1961, 3/18/1961
Box 1 Folder a Letter of appreciation; 1 sheet, 8/31/1961
Box 1 Folder a Notice of permanent rank of Captain in Navy,7/59-61; 1 sheet, 10/3/1961
Box 1 Folder a Memo, change of command; 2 sheets, 3/24/1962
Box 1 Folder a Confidential memo, Lynch's assignments and restrictions; 3 sheets, March 1962
Box 1 Folder a Letter Memo - USS Jupiter in Imabari City; 2 sheets, May 1962 June 1962
Box 1 Folder a Letter about visits in Japan; 2 sheets, 9/29/1962
Box 1 Folder a Letter of thanks after Japan visit (by Lynch); 1 sheet, 10/13/1962
Box 1 Folder a Letter of thanks after Japan visit (by Lynch); 1 sheet, 10/16/1962
Box 1 Folder a Change of command off the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 4/1/1963
Box 1 Folder a Letter/Invitation to Navy Ball; 1 sheet, 8/23/1963
Box 1 Folder a Letter, religious, by Rev. Francis J. Furey; 1 sheet, 4/23/1964
Box 1 Folder a Letter by Lynch to the Hughes Aircraft Company; 1 sheet, 9/10/1964
Box 1 Folder a Letter, USS Yorktown Association; 1 sheet, 9/9/1963
Box 1 Folder a Letter, informal, from the Navy League president; 1 sheet, 1/8/1964
Box 1 Folder a Letter and Schedule for USS Yorktown; 2 sheets, 3/3/1964
Box 1 Folder a Official Naval Message; 1 sheet, 4/3/1964
Box 1 Folder a Official Naval Message; 1 sheet, 4/7/1964
Box 1 Folder a Offical Naval Message; 1 sheet, 4/9/1964
Box 1 Folder a Letter to Admiral McDonald about Lynch; 1 sheet, 7/13/1964
Box 1 Folder a Letter to Lynch about continuation of active duty; 1 sheet, 7/22/1964
Box 1 Folder a Memo, fitness report; 1 sheet, 10/27/1964
Box 1 Folder a Memo, Lynch's fitness assignment category; 1 sheet, 12/16/1965
Box 1 Folder a Memo, Congratulations on performance; 1 sheet, 3/30/1967
Box 1 Folder a Letter from Sec.Of Navy for Navy Commendation Medal; 1 sheet, undated
Box 1 Folder b Mission and Tasks for OPNAV position; 3 sheets, 1960-1962
Box 1 Folder b USNA Special orders concerning summer itineraries ; 2 sheets, 4/28/1938
Box 1 Folder b Lookout watch list and duties; 5 sheets, 11/23/1941
Box 1 Folder b Program of graduation at Naval Academy; 1 sheet, 2/7/1941
Box 1 Folder b Program, change of command; 1 sheet, 3/24/1962
Box 1 Folder b Commerative envelope noting change of command, USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, undated
Box 1 Folder b Roster of living quarters in Paris for SHAPE; 1 sheet, 1957-1959
Box 1 Folder b Roster of OP-O5W crewman; 1 sheet, 11/1/1961
Box 1 Folder b Roster of wives and dependants of USS Jupiter crewman; 1 sheet, 1962
Box 1 Folder b Invitation for USS Sea Dog Commissioning Party; 1 sheet, 5/26/1944
Box 1 Folder b Invitation for Lynch taking command of the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 4/1/1963
Box 1 Folder b Invitation for Lynch taking command of the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 3/24/1962
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on USS Sea Dog Reunion; 1 sheet, 8/17/1994
Box 1 Folder b Clipping photo of Yorktown change of command; 1 sheet, 7/4/1964
Box 1 Folder b Clipping photo of Lynch and Bishop Furey on Yorktown; 1 sheet, [1963]
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on Lynch receiving an award for Squadron 49; 1 sheet, November 1964
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on Yorktown award, "E" for Battle Efficiency (antisubmarine); 1 sheet, 4/10/1964
Box 1 Folder b Clipping photo of Lynch leaving the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 4/1/[1963]
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on Lynch leaving Hamilton, Bermuda and Squadron 49; 1 sheet, 8/29/1953
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on Lynch aircraft P5M (Martin Marlin), stationed in Hamilton, Bermuda; 1 sheet, August 1953
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on Lynch getting command of Squadron 49; 2 sheets, 1952
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on Mrs. Patricia Lynch and the Navy family; 2 sheets, 12/14/1951
Box 1 Folder b Clipping of article on Sea Dog and Sea of Japan; 1 sheet, 8/11/1945
Box 1 Folder b Clipping, Lynch receives Navy Marine Corp medals; 1 sheet, 4/12/1944
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on Sea Dog and Sea Fox launch with Mrs. Lynch; 1 sheet, undated
Box 1 Folder b Clipping on the "Fighting Lady", USS Yorktown (moved to oversized folder); 1 sheet, 9/29/1963
Box 1 Folder b Certificate for Correspondence Course in Op. Planning; 1 sheet, 1/6/1956
Box 1 Folder b Certificate for Navy Special Weapons School; 1 sheet, 5/7/1905
Box 1 Folder b Certificate for Lynch finishing submarine school (moved to oversized folder); 1 sheet, 6/27/1942
Box 1 Folder b Certificate for orientation in special weapons (navy); 1 sheet, 1/23/1957
Box 1 Folder b Certificate for Correspondence Course Part II; 1 sheet, 1/24/1957
Box 1 Folder b Certificate for Computer Institute for Dept. of Defense; 1 sheet, 3/31/1967
Box 1 Folder b Resolution from Mayor of Long Beach, CA (Yorktown); 1 sheet, 10/9/1975
Box 1 Folder c Lt. Lynch (young age) in Philadelphia; 1 sheet, undated
Box 1 Folder c Capt. Lynch - chain of command Group 3; 1 sheet, undated
Box 1 Folder c Commander Lynch, General Line School Administration Dept., 1955-57; 1 sheet, 1967
Box 1 Folder c Dept. of Defense Computer Institute group photo; 1 sheet, 1967
Box 1 Folder c Navy Strategic Plans Division, group photo; 1 sheet, 9/29/1967
Box 1 Folder c Joint US NATO Standing Committee, group photo; 1 sheet, 1967
Box 1 Folder c Lynch at Pentagon receiving Navy medal and retirement certificate; 1 sheet, 8/28/1968
Box 1 Folder c Strategic Plans Division (OP-60), group photo; 1 sheet, undated
Box 1 Folder c Strategic Plans Division (OP-60), group photo; 1 sheet, October 1966
Box 1 Folder c Strategic Plans Division (OP-60), paper copy, group photo; 1 sheet, 2/1/1967
Box 1 Folder c Lynch with Vice Admiral WFA Wendt others; 1 sheet, 7/5/1967
Box 1 Folder c Lynch leaving the USS Coral Sea as Chief of Staff with RADM Outlaw; 1 sheet, 2/24/1965
Box 1 Folder c Lynch and Outlaw shaking hands on Coral Sea; 1 sheet, 2/24/1965
Box 1 Folder c Single photo of Lynch (older); 1 sheet, undated
Box 1 Folder c Lynch, Chief of Staff ASW Group 3; 1 sheet, 1965
Box 1 Folder c Signed photo of RADM K.L. Veth, commander of ASW Group 3; 1 sheet, 1965
Box 1 Folder c Lynch with air group pilots, Veth, Capt. Martle Commander Boyd after patrol over Vietnam; 1 sheet, 1965
Box 1 Folder c Australian Joint Antisubmarine School, group photo; 1 sheet, 10/22/1964
Box 1 Folder c Lynch, wife and daughter on USS Yorktown with others; 1 sheet, [1963]
Box 1 Folder c Lynch in dress uniform saluting on USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, [1963]
Box 1 Folder c Lynch and others looking at picture of Yorktown aircraft carrier (CVS 10); 1 sheet, [1963]
Box 1 Folder c Yorktown departing with sailors on deck observers looking on; 1 sheet, [1963]
Box 1 Folder c Change of command of Yorktown; 1 sheet, June 1963
Box 1 Folder c Aerial photo of change of command on Yorktown; 1 sheet, June 1963
Box 1 Folder c Lynch speaking - change of command ceremony; 1 sheet, June 1963
Box 1 Folder c Lynch and outgoing Capt. Moore saluting at ceremony; 1 sheet, June 1963
Box 1 Folder c Single photo of Lynch; 1 sheet, [1963]
Box 1 Folder c Lynch giving orders on USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, June 1963
Box 1 Folder c Aerial photo of Yorktown, Benington, Hornet in CA; 1 sheet, 1963
Box 1 Folder c Lynch on the bridge of USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, 1963
Box 1 Folder c Lynch with USNA midshipmen, USMA USAFA cadets; 1 sheet, 1963
Box 1 Folder c Lynch receiving supply "E" on USS Jupiter from RADM Sharpe; 1 sheet, April 1963
Box 1 Folder c Photo of first helicopters on USS Jupiter in the pacific; 1 sheet, 1962
Box 1 Folder c Aerial photo of USS Jupiter underway; 1 sheet, 7/20/1962
Box 1 Folder c Personal photo of Lynch family onboard Jupiter in Japan; 1 sheet, 1962
Box 1 Folder c Lynch and Japanese mayor in port, Sea of Japan; 1 sheet, 1962
Box 1 Folder c Lynch cutting cake after taking command of the Jupiter; 1 sheet, March 1962
Box 1 Folder c Lynch and General Franco aboard the USS Coral Sea in Spain; 1 sheet, 1954
Box 1 Folder c Lynch with Prince Albert of Belgium on Coral Sea; 1 sheet, 1954
Box 1 Folder c Signed photo of Capt. Harry Sears, CO USS Coral Sea; 1 sheet, 10/31/1954
Box 1 Folder c Aerial photo of USS Coral Sea underway; 1 sheet, 1953-1954
Box 1 Folder c Aerial photo of Coral Sea in NY with sailors in dress whites on deck; 1 sheet, 1955
Box 1 Folder c Photo of Lynch being relieved of command of VP-49; 1 sheet, August 1953
Box 1 Folder c Bow view photo in San Francisco, CA of USS S-45; 1 sheet, 10/21/1943
Box 1 Folder c Lynch and bunkmates, USS Sea Dog on patrol; 1 sheet, 1945
Box 1 Folder c Sea Dog in Guam, informal of officers and crew on deck; 1 sheet, 1945
Box 1 Folder c Sea Dog commissioning party, dress uniforms; 1 sheet, 1944
Box 1 Folder c Official photo of USS Sea Dog commissioning; 1 sheet, 6/3/1944
Box 1 Folder c RADM Withers pinning USN and USMC medals on Lynch; 1 sheet, 4/12/1944
Box 1 Folder c Mrs. Lynch, matron of honor for Sea Dog launch; 1 sheet, 3/28/1944
Box 1 Folder c Single photo of Lynch; 1 sheet, [1944]
Box 1 Folder c Lynch and officers crew on deck of USS Snook in Midway; 1 sheet, May 1943
Box 1 Folder c Crew of USS Snook in Midway after 3rd patrol; 1 sheet, 1943
Box 1 Folder c Clipping on the "Fighting Lady", USS Yorktown (moved to oversized folder); 1 sheet, 9/29/1963
Box 1 Folder os1 Diploma for Lynch finishing submarine school; 1 sheet, 6/27/1942
Box 1 Folder os1 Clipping on the "Fighting Lady", USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, 9/29/1963