U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Jim Will Spry Papers, 1934-1953 (bulk 1944-1946)

Manuscript Collection #677-082

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Series 1 :
Photographic Prints (Black and White)
  • Box 1
    • Folder a
      • Boy [possibly Jim Will Spry] and a girl (ca. 1934) posed outdoors, with a baby carriage. Photographic print. 2.75" x 4.5" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Jim Will Spry (1946) with Mike Serrage posed on the sidewalk, in a "Souvenir from 'Colon'" folder. Photographic Print. 7.88" x 5.38" 1 item. 3 p.  (item #2)
      • Jim Spry (ca. 19044-1946) with shipmates Bob Turner "Chicago", Tommy Wall and Lillie Wall, Mike Serrage "Ohio", and Ed Finical. Photographic Print in Souvenir The Bahama Bar, Key West, FL folder. 8.25" x 6" 1 item. 3 p.  (item #3)
      • Jim Will Spry (ca. 1944-1946) in his navy uniform seated in front of a painted backdrop. Studio photographic print. 3.19" x 4.5" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #4)
      • Jim Will Spry (ca.1944-1946) in his navy uniform standing, with two unidentified men in navy uniforms in front of a grass curtain. Studio photographic print. 2.5" x 3.13" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
      • Jim Will Spry (ca. 1944-1946) in his navy uniform standing in front of a backdrop with a ship's anchor and wheel. Postcard with studio photographic print. 3.5" x 5.38" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #6)
      • Jim Will Spry (ca. 1944-1946) in his navy uniform standing in front of a backdrop with a ship's anchor and wheel. Studio photographic print 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Same image as postcard.  (item #7)
      • USS CATES (DE-763) (ca. 1944-1946). Postcard with photographic print. 3.5" x 5.38" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #8)
      • USS CATES (DE-763) (ca. 1944-1946). Photographic print. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #9)
Series 2 :
Ephemera (Identification cards)
  • Box 1
    • Folder b
      • Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon Card (26 August 1945) Jim W. Spry aboard USS CATES (DE-763) Latitude 16-45N; Longitude 180. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Certificate of Satisfactory Service United States Navy Card (ca. 1946) Jim Will Spry 314-46-78 RDM3c USNR . . . Period of active service. 22 Nov. 1944 - 8 April 1946. Discharged. Laminated. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #2)
      • United States Navy USS CATES (DE-763) Card (1 March 1946) Authorizing Spry, Jim W. to Rate: RdM3c; Service # 314-46-78 to wear ribbons listed on verso [blank]. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #3)
      • United States Navy USS CATES (DE-763) Card (1 January 1946) authorizing Spry, Jim W. to Rate: RdM3c; Service # 314-46-78 to wear ribbons listed on verso: Victory Medal II, American Theatre; and Asiatic-Pacific ribbons. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #4)
      • Selective Service System Notice of Classification Card (11 Sept. 1953) Jim Will Spry Selective Service # 20-341-27-657. Michigan Local Board 341, Ypsilanti, MI addressed to Jim Will Spry, Wayne, MI. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
      • Selective Service System Notice of Classification Card (6 Nov. 1950) Jim Will Spry Selective Service # 20-341-27-657. Michigan Local Board Ann Arbor, MI addressed to Jim Will Spry, Wayne, MI. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #6)
      • USS CATES (DE-763) liberty card (no date) Spry, J. W.; Rate: RdM3c; Signature; date of birth (8/31/1927); prints of left and right forefingers on verso. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #7)
Series 3 :
Printed Materials
  • Box 1
    • Folder c
      • V-Mail letter from Pvt. Hosea L. Spry, Company E., 65th Med. [Medical ?] Regiment, Northern Ireland, (5 November 1943) to "Dear Nephew" Jim Spry, Wayne, MI. 1 item. 2 p.  (item #1)
      • Japanese Christmas postcard (5 December 1945), from "Jim," Yokohama, Japan to "Dear Grandparents". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Postcard accompanies gift of Japanese handkerchief and money (yen); Jim says he expects to leave Japan for Manila, PI, on 7 December. Typescript. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #2)
    • Folder d
      • Anglo - Japanese Conversation Manual (1945). 1 item. 34 p. Japanese language.  (item #1)
    • Folder e
      • Certificate (3 April 1946) permitting Jim Will Spry to retain "One Japanese bolt-action rifle and one bayonette (sic), both souvenirs of World War II. Signed by Lt. Cdr., R. F. Beaman (USNR) commanding officer, USS CATES (DE - 763) 2 items. 2 p. Two copies.  (item #1)
      • Certificate of thanks for his service from President Harry S. Truman to Jim W. Spry (undated) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #2)
      • Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy (8 April1946) to Jim Will Spry Radarman Third Class, USNR, C 2524740 Series C 88340, at the U.S. Naval Personnel Separation Center, Great Lakes, IL Signed V. C. Anderson Lt. (jg) USN. 2 items. 2 p. Two copies.  (item #3)
      • Important Information for Discharges and Explanation of Official Papers. NAV 9ND PSCOL CR-4 (Rev 1-46). 1 item. 2 p. Typescript.  (item #4)
      • Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service (4/8/1946). 2 items. 2 p. Two copies.  (item #5)
      • U.S. Veterans' Administration National Service Life Insurance policy certificate No. N 17 989 372, certifying that Jim Will Spry has applied for $10,000 of insurance. Countersigned at Washington, DC. (12 January 1945) Insurance effective 12/5/1944. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #6)
Series 4 :
Artifacts
  • Box 1
    • Folder f
      • U.S. Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge pin. (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: White paint on steel.  (item #1)
      • U.S. Navy "U.S." pin (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: brass.  (item #2)
      • U.S. Navy canvas belt (undated) with steel buckle marked "J. W. Spry." 1 item. 1 p.  (item #3)
      • U.S. Navy coat button (undated) 1 item. 1 p. Note: bakelite.  (item #4)
      • U.S. Navy eagle pin (undated) 2 items. 2 p. Note: gold. Two copies.  (item #5)
      • U.S. Navy naval service ribbon pin (undated) 3 items. 3 p.  (item #6)
      • U.S. Navy Radarman shoulder patch (1943) in original plastic sleeve. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #7)
      • U.S. Navy Uniform White Pants (ca. 1944-1946) worn by Jim Will Spry. 1 item. 1 pair.  (item #8)
Series 5 :
Oversized Materials
  • Oversize Folder os1
    • Photographic print (12/18/1944) Co. 2116 - H. Gregory. - S. 2/c - Co. Cmdr - Dec. 18, 1944. U. S. Naval Training Center - Great Lakes, IL. Black & White. 19" x 8" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Photographic print (12/28/1944) Co. 2115 - A. H. Elder - SP. (A) 3/c - Co. Cmdr - Dec. 28, 1944. U. S. Naval Training Center - Great Lakes, IL. Black & White. 19" x 8" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Photographic print: War Cruise of USS CATES (DE-763) Convoy duty to Europe (9 trips) Feb. 1944 - June 1945; Cruise to Japan, service with Japan Occupation Fleet, July 1945 - Aug. 1946. Credit: Thompson Photo, Los Angeles A240. Black & White. 31.75" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Photograph shows the USS CATES' route marked on a map of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans flanked by two portraits of the USS CATES at anchor.

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