December 9, 1988 4 items; Papers (1944-1945), including ship's histories, roster, and clippings concerning the USS WILLIAMS, DE 372. Donor: Capt. Louis F. Loutrel, Jr. USNR (Ret)
March 1, 1989 (addition 1), 1 item; USS WILLIAMS (DE 372) war diary (27 September - 4 October 1945). Donor: Capt. Louis F. Loutrel, Jr. USNR (Ret).
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: Louis F. Loutrel, Jr., Papers (#564.008), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Capt. Louis F. Loutrel, Jr. USNR (Ret)
Lieutenant Commander Louis F. Loutrel, Jr., U.S. Naval Reserve, was in command of escort vessel USS
WILLIAMS (DE-372) when it was commissioned (November 11, 1944). Stationed in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, the ship was attached to the Guam Local Patrol. The
WILLIAMS was decommissioned November 11, 1946.
The collection is comprised of the war diary of the USS
WILLIAMS and miscellaneous materials. The war diary describes a severe typhoon encountered by the
WILLIAMS just after the end of World War II during occupation operations. Included are weather transmissions from Radio Guam, descriptions of damage on board, and recommendations by Loutrel concerning future damage control (September 27-October 4, 1945). Also included is a typescript reminiscence recounting the storm from a sailor's point of view.
Other materials include the ship's roster (November 11, 1944), a copy of an article written about the typhoon in the
Olean Times Herald (October 13, 1945), and a detailed description of a "Crossing the Line" ceremony.