December 9, 1988, 13 items; Papers (1944, 1966), including correspondence, clippings, and a citation concerning the USS
BAKER (DE 190). Gift of Captain Norman C. Hoffman, USNR(Ret), Naples, Florida
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Norman C. Hoffman Papers (#564-003), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Captain Norman C. Hoffman, USNR(Ret)
Lt. Commander Norman Cutten Hoffman, USNR (b. 1913), commanded the USS
BAKER, a destroyer escort attached to Escort Division 48 in 1944. The division was a hunter-killer task force stationed at Norfolk Naval base working in the North Atlantic. This collection consists of correspondence and miscellaneous items concerning an incident on July 5, 1944, in which the
BAKER depth-charged a German mine-laying submarine (U-233) to the surface and proceeded to attack with the thought of capturing it. The USS
THOMAS, under the command of David Kellogg, arrived and promptly rammed and sank the submarine. Both ships and captains received credit for the kill.
The collection contains correspondence between Vice Admiral George A. Parkinson (of Escort Division 48), David Kellogg, Norman Hoffman, and Armistead I. Selden, Jr. (of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama) concerning Orville Nicholson's article "Echoes From the Deep" about this incident, which Selden read into the
Congressional Record on July 1, 1965. Both Selden and Nicholson were sailors aboard the
BAKER in 1944.
Also included are newspaper clippings (1944-1945), a citation (Legion of Merit award) given to Hoffman for his actions, and a statement by Hoffman (1988) regarding the incident on July 5, 1944.
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 This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to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 :
- Ingersoll, R[oyal] E[ason] 1944
- [Selden], Armistead [Inge, Jr.] (2) 1966
Subject Entries :
- U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS BAKER
- U.S.--MILITARY--Navy--Ships--USS THOMAS
- WAR--WORLD WAR II--Navy--Anti-Submarine Procedures
Date Entries :