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Richard Hamilton Smith Papers, 1939-1988, undated

Manuscript Collection #1171

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

Title: Richard Hamilton Smith Papers
Creators: Killen, Harry E. (Sr.)
Smith, Richard Hamilton
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.64 Cubic feet, 278 items .

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

Accessions Information

September 2, 2010, (unprocessed) 278 items, 0.64 cubic feet; Papers (1939-1988, undated) pertaining to the career of Lt. Commander Richard Hamilton Smith, USNR [b. 1917- d.1989] including a scrapbook, a binder containing orders & official correspondence, photographs, reports, correspondence, muster & crew lists, & newspaper clippings pertaining chiefly to Smith?s service aboard the net layer USS TEAK (AN-35), 1942-1943 & as commander of the destroyer escort USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE 326), 1943-1945, & especially to the successful evacuation during 7-9 September 1945 of British, Australian & American prisoners of war held by the Japanese at Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan]; also materials relating to the later history of the USS THOMAS J. GARY, 1945-1973, etc. See preliminary inventory attached. 2 boxes. 1 vol. & 52 items. 278 p. (ca. 0.64 cubic feet) Recd. 5/24/2010. Donor: Stephen Smith

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

Richard Hamilton Smith Papers (#1171), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Stephen Smith

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, September 02, 2010

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

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

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Series 1:
  • Box 1#1171.1
    • Folder a#1171.1.a
      THOMAS J. GARY DE 326 Scrapbook (1943 - 1988, undated) including clippings, correspondence, naval orders, photocopies, photographic prints, postcards, programs, Bermudan, Curacaoan, French, Italian, Japanese, Philippines currencies, etc., relating to the World War II experiences of the ship. 1 item. 41 p. Note: Filed in chronological order.
Series 2:
  • Box 2#1171.2
    • Folder a#1171.2.a
      Action Report During Period 29 August - 8 September 1945, by Richard Hamilton Smith, Commanding Officers USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) (9 Sept. 1945) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 5 p.
    • Folder b#1171.2.b
      Clippings Related to USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) (c. 1945-1973) Photocopy. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder c#1171.2.c
      COMCIRTDIV FIFTYSEVEN Newsletters (8 April & 1 May 1944) Photocopy typescript. 2 items. 8 p. Note: Published by radiomen aboard the USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) while on convoy duty off North Africa.
    • Folder d#1171.2.d
      Correspondence relating to Prisoner of War Rescue at Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan] by USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) (7-10 Sept. 1945) Photocopy typescript. 8 items. 8 p.
    • Folder e#1171.2.e
      Deck Log - List of Officers of USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) (1-30 June 1945) Photocopied printed form. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder f#1171.2.f
      History of USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) 1941-1945, by Harry E. Killen, Sr., MOMM 2/c (ca. 1980s) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 6 p.
    • Folder g#1171.2.g
      List of Ports Visited by USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) 1941-1945 (ca. Sept. 1945) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder h#1171.2.h
      Muster List of USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) (31 March 1945) Typescript. 1 item. 6 p.
    • Folder i#1171.2.i
      Personal Navy Service Record Richard Hamilton Smith (15 April 1939 - 7 March 1963) Typescripts, Printed forms, Correspondence, Etc. 1 item. 161 p. Note: includes records of Smith's services aboard the net laying ship USS TEAK (AN-35) & the destroyer escort USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326)
    • Folder j#1171.2.j
      Sailing list USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326), Key West, Florida (1944) Typescript. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder k#1171.2.k
      Smith, Richard Hamilton (Lt. Cmdr., USN), USS T.J.GARY, Manila, P.I.. Letter to his Mother (Mrs. Dean C. Smith), Hollywood, CA (10 Sept. 1945) Holograph. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Includes account of the Prisoner of War rescue from Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan].
    • Folder l#1171.2.l
      USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE-326) Rescue of British, Australian & American Prisoners of War from Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan] (7-8 Sept. 1945) Photographic prints. Various sizes. 16 items. 16 p. Note: Includes views of Task Group 77.1, including escort carriers USS BLOCK ISLAND (CVE-106), USS SANTEE (CVE-27) & destroyer escorts USS BRISTER (DE-327) & USS MILLS (DE-383)
Series 3:
  • Box 2#1171.2
    • Folder m#1171.2.m
      USS TEAK (AN-35) Net laying ship officers & men (1940-1945) Photographic prints. 3" x 5" 17 items. 17 p. Note: Includes construction scenes.
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