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James P. Lynch Papers, 1938-1994, undated

(Manuscript Collection #818)

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Title: James P. Lynch Papers
Creator: Lynch, James P.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: 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).
Extent: 0.125 Cubic feet, 1 archival box.

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Accessions Information

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.)

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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

James P. Lynch Papers (#818), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • 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


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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.

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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".

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Series 1:
Correspondence
  • Box 1#0818.1
    • Folder a#0818.1.a
      • Promotion to Midshipman First Petty Officer, USNA; 1 sheet, 9/13/1940
      • Action note, USS Wainwright; 1 sheet, 11/22/1941
      • Request for flight training endorsement and memo; 2 sheets, 12/6/1943
      • Fitness report, Submarine base; 1 sheet, 4/11/1944
      • Memo, Submarine Combat insignia; 1 sheet, 9/18/1943
      • Endorsement of physical exam for rank of Lt. Commander; 1 sheet, 8/14/1945
      • Effort to get orders to flight training school, USS Devilfish; 6 sheets, December 1945 - March 1946
      • Acceptance of appointment to Lt. Commander of US Navy on 7/20/45; 1 sheet, 10/14/1947
      • Designation of status to Naval Aviator, Texas; 1 sheet, 6/23/1948
      • Designation of status to Patrol Plane First Pilot; 1 sheet, 1/28/1949
      • Designation of status to Patrol Plane Commander; 2 sheets, 7/12/1949
      • Memo, Battle Efficiency Pennant; 2 sheets, September 1950
      • Temporary Appointment and Congratulations; 1 sheet, 4/11/1951
      • Temporary Duty, USS Currituck; 1 sheet, 2/2/1953
      • Designation of status to Patrol plane commander, squadron 49; 1 sheet, 5/25/1953
      • Appointment of permanent command of USS Coral Sea from 1/1/51 - 1/1/54; 1 sheet, 5/3/1954
      • Memo of praise on performance; 1 sheet, 9/7/1954
      • Letter about completion of a course in USN postgraduate school; 1 sheet, 2/17/1956
      • Letter about completion of Strategy and Tactics, Part II; 1 sheet, 3/7/1957
      • Letter from Vice Admiral H. P. Smith; 1 sheet, 6/3/1959
      • Temporary Assignment of Captain as of 7/1/59; 1 sheet, 9/18/1959
      • Memo, SECDEF Budget Review Committees; 1 sheet, 2/4/1961
      • Memo, Praise of performance ; 2 sheets, 2/28/1961
      • Letters about Lynch's performance; 2 sheets, 3/8/1961, 3/18/1961
      • Letter of appreciation; 1 sheet, 8/31/1961
      • Notice of permanent rank of Captain in Navy,7/59-61; 1 sheet, 10/3/1961
      • Memo, change of command; 2 sheets, 3/24/1962
      • Confidential memo, Lynch's assignments and restrictions; 3 sheets, March 1962
      • Letter & Memo - USS Jupiter in Imabari City; 2 sheets, May 1962 & June 1962
      • Letter about visits in Japan; 2 sheets, 9/29/1962
      • Letter of thanks after Japan visit (by Lynch); 1 sheet, 10/13/1962
      • Letter of thanks after Japan visit (by Lynch); 1 sheet, 10/16/1962
      • Change of command off the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 4/1/1963
      • Letter/Invitation to Navy Ball; 1 sheet, 8/23/1963
      • Letter, religious, by Rev. Francis J. Furey; 1 sheet, 4/23/1964
      • Letter by Lynch to the Hughes Aircraft Company; 1 sheet, 9/10/1964
      • Letter, USS Yorktown Association; 1 sheet, 9/9/1963
      • Letter, informal, from the Navy League president; 1 sheet, 1/8/1964
      • Letter and Schedule for USS Yorktown; 2 sheets, 3/3/1964
      • Official Naval Message; 1 sheet, 4/3/1964
      • Official Naval Message; 1 sheet, 4/7/1964
      • Offical Naval Message; 1 sheet, 4/9/1964
      • Letter to Admiral McDonald about Lynch; 1 sheet, 7/13/1964
      • Letter to Lynch about continuation of active duty; 1 sheet, 7/22/1964
      • Memo, fitness report; 1 sheet, 10/27/1964
      • Memo, Lynch's fitness assignment category; 1 sheet, 12/16/1965
      • Memo, Congratulations on performance; 1 sheet, 3/30/1967
      • Letter from Sec.Of Navy for Navy Commendation Medal; 1 sheet, undated
Series 2:
Printed Materials
  • Box 1#0818.1
    • Folder b#0818.1.b
      • Mission and Tasks for OPNAV position; 3 sheets, 1960-1962
      • USNA Special orders concerning summer itineraries ; 2 sheets, 4/28/1938
      • Lookout watch list and duties; 5 sheets, 11/23/1941
      • Program of graduation at Naval Academy; 1 sheet, 2/7/1941
      • Program, change of command; 1 sheet, 3/24/1962
      • Commerative envelope noting change of command, USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, undated
      • Roster of living quarters in Paris for SHAPE; 1 sheet, 1957-1959
      • Roster of OP-O5W crewman; 1 sheet, 11/1/1961
      • Roster of wives and dependants of USS Jupiter crewman; 1 sheet, 1962
      • Invitation for USS Sea Dog Commissioning Party; 1 sheet, 5/26/1944
      • Invitation for Lynch taking command of the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 4/1/1963
      • Invitation for Lynch taking command of the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 3/24/1962
      • Clipping on USS Sea Dog Reunion; 1 sheet, 8/17/1994
      • Clipping photo of Yorktown change of command; 1 sheet, 7/4/1964
      • Clipping photo of Lynch and Bishop Furey on Yorktown; 1 sheet, [1963]
      • Clipping on Lynch receiving an award for Squadron 49; 1 sheet, November 1964
      • Clipping on Yorktown award, "E" for Battle Efficiency (antisubmarine); 1 sheet, 4/10/1964
      • Clipping photo of Lynch leaving the USS Jupiter; 1 sheet, 4/1/[1963]
      • Clipping on Lynch leaving Hamilton, Bermuda and Squadron 49; 1 sheet, 8/29/1953
      • Clipping on Lynch & aircraft P5M (Martin Marlin), stationed in Hamilton, Bermuda; 1 sheet, August 1953
      • Clipping on Lynch getting command of Squadron 49; 2 sheets, 1952
      • Clipping on Mrs. Patricia Lynch and the Navy family; 2 sheets, 12/14/1951
      • Clipping of article on Sea Dog and Sea of Japan; 1 sheet, 8/11/1945
      • Clipping, Lynch receives Navy & Marine Corp medals; 1 sheet, 4/12/1944
      • Clipping on Sea Dog and Sea Fox launch with Mrs. Lynch; 1 sheet, undated
      • Clipping on the "Fighting Lady", USS Yorktown (moved to oversized folder); 1 sheet, 9/29/1963
      • Certificate for Correspondence Course in Op. Planning; 1 sheet, 1/6/1956
      • Certificate for Navy Special Weapons School; 1 sheet, 5/7/1905
      • Certificate for Lynch finishing submarine school (moved to oversized folder); 1 sheet, 6/27/1942
      • Certificate for orientation in special weapons (navy); 1 sheet, 1/23/1957
      • Certificate for Correspondence Course Part II; 1 sheet, 1/24/1957
      • Certificate for Computer Institute for Dept. of Defense; 1 sheet, 3/31/1967
      • Resolution from Mayor of Long Beach, CA (Yorktown); 1 sheet, 10/9/1975
Series 3:
Photographic Prints
  • Box 1#0818.1
    • Folder c#0818.1.c
      • Lt. Lynch (young age) in Philadelphia; 1 sheet, undated
      • Capt. Lynch - chain of command Group 3; 1 sheet, undated
      • Commander Lynch, General Line School Administration Dept., 1955-57; 1 sheet, 1967
      • Dept. of Defense Computer Institute group photo; 1 sheet, 1967
      • Navy Strategic Plans Division, group photo; 1 sheet, 9/29/1967
      • Joint US NATO Standing Committee, group photo; 1 sheet, 1967
      • Lynch at Pentagon receiving Navy medal and retirement certificate; 1 sheet, 8/28/1968
      • Strategic Plans Division (OP-60), group photo; 1 sheet, undated
      • Strategic Plans Division (OP-60), group photo; 1 sheet, October 1966
      • Strategic Plans Division (OP-60), paper copy, group photo; 1 sheet, 2/1/1967
      • Lynch with Vice Admiral WFA Wendt & others; 1 sheet, 7/5/1967
      • Lynch leaving the USS Coral Sea as Chief of Staff with RADM Outlaw; 1 sheet, 2/24/1965
      • Lynch and Outlaw shaking hands on Coral Sea; 1 sheet, 2/24/1965
      • Single photo of Lynch (older); 1 sheet, undated
      • Lynch, Chief of Staff ASW Group 3; 1 sheet, 1965
      • Signed photo of RADM K.L. Veth, commander of ASW Group 3; 1 sheet, 1965
      • Lynch with air group pilots, Veth, Capt. Martle & Commander Boyd after patrol over Vietnam; 1 sheet, 1965
      • Australian Joint Antisubmarine School, group photo; 1 sheet, 10/22/1964
      • Lynch, wife and daughter on USS Yorktown with others; 1 sheet, [1963]
      • Lynch in dress uniform saluting on USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, [1963]
      • Lynch and others looking at picture of Yorktown aircraft carrier (CVS 10); 1 sheet, [1963]
      • Yorktown departing with sailors on deck & observers looking on; 1 sheet, [1963]
      • Change of command of Yorktown; 1 sheet, June 1963
      • Aerial photo of change of command on Yorktown; 1 sheet, June 1963
      • Lynch speaking - change of command ceremony; 1 sheet, June 1963
      • Lynch and outgoing Capt. Moore saluting at ceremony; 1 sheet, June 1963
      • Single photo of Lynch; 1 sheet, [1963]
      • Lynch giving orders on USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, June 1963
      • Aerial photo of Yorktown, Benington, & Hornet in CA; 1 sheet, 1963
      • Lynch on the bridge of USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, 1963
      • Lynch with USNA midshipmen, USMA & USAFA cadets; 1 sheet, 1963
      • Lynch receiving supply "E" on USS Jupiter from RADM Sharpe; 1 sheet, April 1963
      • Photo of first helicopters on USS Jupiter in the pacific; 1 sheet, 1962
      • Aerial photo of USS Jupiter underway; 1 sheet, 7/20/1962
      • Personal photo of Lynch & family onboard Jupiter in Japan; 1 sheet, 1962
      • Lynch and Japanese mayor in port, Sea of Japan; 1 sheet, 1962
      • Lynch cutting cake after taking command of the Jupiter; 1 sheet, March 1962
      • Lynch and General Franco aboard the USS Coral Sea in Spain; 1 sheet, 1954
      • Lynch with Prince Albert of Belgium on Coral Sea; 1 sheet, 1954
      • Signed photo of Capt. Harry Sears, CO USS Coral Sea; 1 sheet, 10/31/1954
      • Aerial photo of USS Coral Sea underway; 1 sheet, 1953-1954
      • Aerial photo of Coral Sea in NY with sailors in dress whites on deck; 1 sheet, 1955
      • Photo of Lynch being relieved of command of VP-49; 1 sheet, August 1953
      • Bow view photo in San Francisco, CA of USS S-45; 1 sheet, 10/21/1943
      • Lynch and bunkmates, USS Sea Dog on patrol; 1 sheet, 1945
      • Sea Dog in Guam, informal of officers and crew on deck; 1 sheet, 1945
      • Sea Dog commissioning party, dress uniforms; 1 sheet, 1944
      • Official photo of USS Sea Dog commissioning; 1 sheet, 6/3/1944
      • RADM Withers pinning USN and USMC medals on Lynch; 1 sheet, 4/12/1944
      • Mrs. Lynch, matron of honor for Sea Dog launch; 1 sheet, 3/28/1944
      • Single photo of Lynch; 1 sheet, [1944]
      • Lynch and officers crew on deck of USS Snook in Midway; 1 sheet, May 1943
      • Crew of USS Snook in Midway after 3rd patrol; 1 sheet, 1943
      • Clipping on the "Fighting Lady", USS Yorktown (moved to oversized folder); 1 sheet, 9/29/1963
Series 4:
Oversized Materials
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    • Aerial photo of USS Sarda entering Havana, Cuba (Includes scanned copy with enhanced quality); 1 sheet, 1946
    • Diploma for Lynch finishing submarine school; 1 sheet, 6/27/1942
    • Clipping on the "Fighting Lady", USS Yorktown; 1 sheet, 9/29/1963

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