Robert L. Ghormley Papers, 1890-2008, undated

Manuscript Collection #1153

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Title: Robert L. Ghormley Papers
Creator: Ghormely, Robert Lee, 1883-1958
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (ca. 1890-2008, undated) of Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1906, including correspondence, orders, diaries, memoirs, photographic prints and negatives, certificates and commissions, legal papers, printed forms, ephemera, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, maps, museum objects, broadsides and posters and publications related to his education, family and personal life, in Tacoma, Washington, Moscow, Idaho, and Washington, D.C.; his naval career; his life in retirement, 1946-1958; and also including genealogical and historical essays compiled by his son, Commander Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr. (U.S. Navy ret.). Vice Admiral Ghormley served in China, Nicaragua, World War I, and in Haiti. Between the world wars he had several appointments and also served as commander of the destroyer USS SANDS and the battleship USS NEVADA. During World War II, he saw service as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Special Naval Observer in Europe, August 1940-April 1942; as Commander, South Pacific Area and South Pacific Force, and the battle for Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands, April-October 1942; as Commander of the Fourteenth Naval District and the Hawaiian Sea Frontier, 1943-1944; and as Commander of United States Naval Forces in Europe, 1944-1945.
Extent: 15.0 Cubic feet, 5,757 items.

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Accessions Information

November 18, 2009, (unprocessed) 5,757 items, 14.0 cubic feet; Papers (ca. 1890-2008, undated) of Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1906, including correspondence, orders, diaries, memoirs, photographic prints & negatives, certificates & commissions, legal papers, printed forms, ephemera, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, maps, museum objects, broadsides & posters, & publications related to his education, family, personal life, in Tacoma, Wash., Moscow, Idaho, and Washington, D.C.; his naval career, including his early service in China, Nicaragua, World War I, Haiti, & his service in the Naval Overseas Transportation Services of the Navy Department; his command of the destroyer USS SANDS (DD-243 / APD-13) in 1921?1923; his service on the Navy Board, 1927-1930; in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1932-1935; his command of the battleship USS NEVADA (BB-36), 1935-1937; his attendance at the Navy War College, 1937-1938; his appointment as Director of the War Plans Division in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, 1939-1940; and especially his World War II service as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Special Naval Observer in Europe, August 1940-April 1942; as Commander, South Pacific Area & South Pacific Force & the battle for Guadalcanal & the Solomon Islands, April-October 1942; as Commander of the Fourteenth Naval District & the Hawaiian Sea Frontier, 1943-1944; as Commander of United States Naval Forces in Europe, 1944-1945; & his life in retirement, 1946-1958; also including genealogical & historical essays compiled by his son, Commander Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr. (U.S. Navy ret.), etc. See preliminary inventory attached. 26 boxes & 5 oversized folders. 5,757 items. 15,114 p. (ca. 14.0 cubic feet) Recd. 9/23/2009 Donor: Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr. (U.S. Navy ret.)

July 8, 2011, (unprocessed Addition #1), 1.0 cubic foot; Papers (1891-1956), including Robert L. Ghormley’s school report cards, letters from Ghormley to his wife and others as well as additional correspondence, his commencement speech at the University of Idaho (1946), photographs, legal papers, genealogical notes, newspaper clippings, and compact discs containing information about Ghormley’s naval career and photographs of members of the Banks, Dyer, Ghormley, and Lyon families.

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

Robert L. Ghormley Papers (#1153), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr. (U.S. Navy ret.)

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, November 18, 2009

  • Preliminary Inventory by Jonathan Dembo, Krystal Cook and Saundra Pinkham, November 18, 2009


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The Robert L. Ghormley Papers document Vice Admiral Ghormley's life (1883-1958) from his childhood and education in Tacoma, Washington and Moscow, Idaho, through his 40-year naval career, to his retirement, in Washington, D.C. The collection contains very extensive documentation on both Ghormley's naval career and his personal life, including family correspondence, biographical and genealogical files, clippings and scrapbooks, writings, diaries and logs, dispatches, reports and orders, photographic prints and negatives, maps, printed forms, oversized materials including maps, posters and blueprints, and printed materials.

A member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1906, Ghormley rose rapidly through naval ranks. As a lieutenant, he was in command of U.S. Naval Forces during the brief Nicaraguan Campaign of 1912. During World War I, he served as Flag Lieutenant to Vice Admiral A. W. Grant, Commander of Battle Force One based in England. After the war, he served as Assistant Director and later as Director, Naval Overseas Transportation Services, in the Navy Department. He served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Henry T. May and as Assistant Judge Advocate General, on the Court of Inquiry, to inquire into conditions in Haiti, in November - December 1920. In the 1920s, Ghormley commanded the destroyer USS SANDS (DD-243/APD-13) during a two-year long cruise of European waters, 1920-1922; he was Officer in Charge of Enlisted Personnel in the Bureau of Navigation, of the Navy Department, 1922-1923; and he was Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1923-1925. From June 1925 to September 1927, he was Executive Officer of the battleship USS OKLAHOMA (BB-37). Then, from September 1927 until May 1930, he served as Secretary to the General Board of the Navy. The Navy promoted Ghormley to Captain in 1929.

In May 1930, Ghormley was detached and ordered to duty as Assistant Chief of Staff and Fleet Operations Officer to Admiral F. H. Schofield, who was Commander, Battle Force, U.S. Fleet, and later Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet. In September 1932, he was detached from this service and assigned as Officer in Charge of the Tactical Section of the Division of Fleet Training in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department. In June of 1935, the Navy appointed Ghormley to be captain of the battleship USS NEVADA (BB-36). After one year as captain of the NEVADA, in June 1936, the Navy assigned Ghormley to serve as Assistant Chief of Staff and Fleet Operations Officer of the U. S. Fleet serving under Admiral A. J. Hepburn, who was Commander in Chief of the U. S. Fleet. In June 1937, the Navy assigned Ghormley to the Naval War College, Providence, R.I. He graduated in the spring of 1938. Following this, in October 1938, the Navy promoted him to the rank of Rear Admiral.

In August 1939, the Navy named Ghormley to serve as Director of the War Plans Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In 1939, he became Assistant Chief of Naval Operations. In August of 1940, even before American entry into the war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Ghormley to be his Special Naval Observer to the American Embassy in London. The following month, President Roosevelt promoted him to the rank of Vice Admiral. Vice Admirals, or three-star admirals, are senior to rear admirals, but junior to admirals in the U.S. navy hierarchy. Ghormley's secret reports, included in the collection, helped convince the U.S. Government that Britain would maintain its independence and defeat the German "Blitz." He thus played a significant role in achieving the ultimate allied victory in World War II.

In April of 1942, after U.S. entry into the war, Roosevelt named Ghormley Commander of all U.S. Forces in the South Pacific Area (SOPAC) and instructed him to plan offensive operations against Japan. Despite critical shortages of men and supplies, Ghormley, as ComSoPac, quickly reorganized the Allied forces in the region, which had been in constant retreat since 7 December 1941. In early August 1942, this resulted in the U.S. invasion of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, the first major offensive action taken by the United States during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Japanese counterattacks severely mauled the Allied naval forces protecting the landings in the Battle of Savo Island and forced Ghormley to withdraw the bulk of his naval forces from the vicinity. In the months that followed, the U. S. Marines trying to take Guadalcanal and the U. S. Naval forces attempting to support them suffered a number of defeats and many casualties. Believing that Ghormley had become too "pessimistic," Admiral Chester Nimitz replaced him, in October 1942, with Admiral William Halsey. A letter in the collection reveals that Nimitz feared that Ghormley was nearing a nervous breakdown. The collection contains a vast trove of correspondence, dispatches, logs, reports, and interview transcripts relating to Ghormley's actions as Commander of SOPAC. Naval and Congressional investigations found Ghormley to be guiltless of any wrongdoing and he served throughout the war in positions of great responsibility.

He next served as Commander of the 14th Naval District and the Hawaiian Sea Frontier from February 1943 to October 1944. From November 1944 through December 1945, Ghormley served as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe where he supervised the destruction of German naval forces and participated in the early stages of the military government of Germany. He participated in the Tripartite Conference of 1945. When he left Germany, in December 1945, he had spent less than one month in the United States since August 1940.

Ghormley retired from the Navy in 1946 and returned to his home in Washington, D.C. He died in 1958 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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The Robert L. Ghormley Papers generally remains in its original order, except that this repository has related certain oversized manuscript volumes, printed volumes and other oversized materials into to oversized boxes and folders. The repository staff has subdivided these materials into 8 series, with subseries and sub-subseries according to original order and format. Ghormley files his papers in several overlapping series, including Family, Personal, and Navy files. However, official Navy items frequently appear in his Family and Personal files and vice versa. His Navy files also include logs and correspondence of his social and private life kept and organized by his official staff. Ghormley, himself, seems to have rearranged some of this material in the process of writing his history of "Operation Pestilence", the Solomon Islands campaign of 1942.

SERIES I consists of correspondence, mainly between Admiral Ghormley and his fiancée Lucile E. Lyon, of Kansas City, MO during the period, 1905-1911. They married in 1912 and he continued the correspondence throughout their married life when they were apart. This correspondence also includes a number of letters from third parties addressed to Mrs. Ghormley. In addition to family and personal matters, the Ghormley correspondence includes legal, tax, and financial correspondence. During the early years of the Depression, for example, Mrs. Ghormley wrote frequently to her husband about their declining financial portfolio. Ghormley, for his part, was perpetually worried about his wife's health and well-being. She was frequently in ill health. During the crisis in the South Pacific, when the fate of World War II lay in the balance, Ghormley wrote frequently concerning her health and well-being and worrying when he did not know that she was well. This series also includes a handwritten anonymous manuscript entitled "Conscription in Europe" dating probably from the pre-World War I period, which describes the impact of the national armies on the peoples of Europe.

SERIES I also contains a subseries of Miscellaneous Correspondence that includes letters Ghormley received and copies of letters he sent to a wide variety of people throughout the world. Many of these are letters of thanks from army and navy officers, business people, government officials, friends and relatives. Many are letters from travelers who crossed Ghormley's path at his various posts.

SERIES I also includes a subseries of Personal Correspondence that includes letters from many of the same sort of persons in the Miscellaneous Correspondence subseries. One letter is this subseries is from D. O. Ghormley, Admiral Ghormley's father, who was a Presbyterian Missionary in Tacoma, Washington in 1916. It includes much information about economic and political conditions in the Pacific Northwest. However, it also includes a mass of congratulatory messages he received upon earning his promotion to Rear Admiral in December 1938. It also includes correspondence with other naval officers regarding appointments and promotions. This subseries includes letters received and sent from all his posts during World War II.

SERIES II consists of Ghormley's official Navy files, including subseries such as correspondence, miscellaneous, Naval War College, Orders, Southern Pacific Area and South Pacific Force Command [SOPAC] and other files related to his various assignments throughout his career. The SOPAC files also contain sub-subseries relating to Ghormley's actions between April and October 1942 in Operation Pestilence and focusing on the naval battles of Savo Island and Guadalcanal during August, September and October 1942, and on the several navy and congressional investigations that followed the Solomon Islands campaign, 1942-1946. The SOPAC subseries include his secret dispatches, fitness reports on his officers, clipping scrapbooks, and his daily logs. Also included are a manuscript history of SOPAC that Ghormley wrote and several preliminary drafts. Separate subseries document Ghormley's subsequent service as commander of the 14th Naval District and the Hawaiian Sea Frontier, from February 1943 to October 1944 and as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe where he served from November 1944 through December 1945. Both these were significant assignments. In Hawaii Ghormley was responsible for administering the main rear base for the Navy during the Pacific War. He was responsible for assuring the smooth flow of men and material to the men and ships at the battlefront. In this position, he hosted a critical conference in 1944 between President Roosevelt, General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz that determined the future course of the war in the Pacific. As Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe during the last days of World War II, Ghormley was chiefly responsible for maintaining the flow of men and material from England and the U.S. to the armies on the continent. Based in London until June 1945, he travelled frequently to the continent and was snowbound in Germany when the Battle of the Bulge broke out in December 1944. In July 1945, Ghormley moved his headquarters to Bremen and later to Berlin, where he was the highest-ranking U.S. naval officer in Germany. He participated in the early military government of the defeated Axis Powers and helped divide up the German Navy among the victors. Papers in this series include several examples of Adolph Hitler's personal letterhead stationery and official letterhead stationery of the German Navy General Staff. He even attempted to secure a captured yacht for use of the midshipmen at Annapolis. He also attended the Tripartite Conference of U.S., British, and Russian officers that attempted to create a working solution for postwar government of Germany. In addition, he conducted an investigation into the German reorganization of the Navy during World War II in which they placed the German Navy under the overall control of the Army High Command. In his final months in Germany, he began making plans to retire early in 1946. Ghormley's health had deteriorated during the War and his medical records from this period show that while he showed no continuing ill effects from the removal of one kidney before the war, he had increasingly severe arthritis, especially in his knees. As a result, he was able to obtain a retirement based on physical disability.

SERIES III includes materials relating to Ghormley's years of retirement. It includes his Distinguished Service Medal citation, his honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho, requests for his autograph or photographs from collectors and history buffs, job reference letters he sent on behalf of his former staff officers, and his social security files.

SERIES IV consists of materials compiled and written by Admiral Ghormley's son Commander Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr. This series includes biographical information on his father, including obituaries and funeral information. It also includes Commander Ghormley's correspondence with Admiral of the Fleet Chester W. Nimitz concerning the reasons Nimitz relieved Vice Admiral Ghormley of his command of SOPAC in October 1942. Nimitz's handwritten letter explains that he felt that Ghormley was on the verge of a "nervous breakdown" at the time. It also includes two volumes Commander Ghormley compiled concerning his father's career. The first is a chronology of Admiral Ghormley's service as Naval Observer in London, 1940-1942. Commander Ghormley compiled this document out of the correspondence and other files in the collection. The second is a Ghormley family genealogy entitled "Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley and Family O'Gormley, Or, Three Martlets Gules, Two and One" which is a reference to the Ghormley family's coat of arms. Commander Ghormley compiled the genealogical document mostly from materials not in the collection. In addition to these materials, this series also includes a long memorandum that Commander Ghormley wrote "for the record" in 1961 entitled "Antarctic Supply Conditions as of February 1961." The memorandum documents the poor supply conditions then prevailing at the Navy's McMurdo Sound station in Antarctica.

SERIES V consists of Photographic Prints and Negatives that document Ghormley's life, family, and career from 1890 to 1958. All of the prints are black and white. The repository staff has filed them in chronological order. Especially significant are the photographic prints that date from Ghormley's service as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, November 1944 - December 1945. They include many photographs that document the conditions in many regions of early postwar Germany but especially in Berlin, Bremen and Bremerhaven.

SERIES VI consists of Manuscript Volumes including his bound daily logs from World War I through World War II. It also includes a number of scrapbooks that include photographs, manuscripts, printed materials, and ephemera. The first documents Ghormley's visit to Cuba in the early 1920s; another documents his service as Special Naval Observer in London and as Commander of SOPAC and the Fourteenth Naval District in Hawaii. It also includes a large scrapbook documenting Ghormley's two-year cruise in command of the USS SANDS in 1921-1922 and after. The cruise took him from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. He was a witness to the Greek bombardment of the Anatolian city of Smyrna [now Izmir, Turkey] in 1922. The scrapbook contains materials in Arabic, Danish, French, Greek, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish as well as English.

SERIES VII includes Printed Materials that were not associated with manuscript materials. The repository staff has divided this series into subseries of Books, Pamphlets and Reprints, and Periodicals. The books subseries include a copy of the 1906 Lucky Bag, Ghormley's Annapolis yearbook. The books also include several volumes of Navy Recognition Manuals used to identify military aircraft and naval vessels from the various combatant countries during World War II. It also includes the USS NEVADA's 20th anniversary publication dating from the time when Ghormley was in command of the battleship in 1936.

SERIES VIII consists of Oversized Materials. The repository staff has arranged it according to format. Subseries 1 consists of oversized Newspaper and Clippings. Subseries 2 consists of Museum Objects and Photographic Prints. The museum item in this series is VADM Ghormley's three-star flag; the photographs consist mainly of portraits of officers and ships with whom Ghormley served. Subseries 3 consists of Maps, Charts and Blueprints. Most notably, it includes a map of the principal combat areas during the Solomon's Campaign showing landing areas and fire support assignments. It also includes an architectural drawing of an officer's residence on Johnston Island. It also includes a chart showing sugar production in Hawaii and a map showing the principal sugar producing regions in Hawaii. Subseries 4 consists of Commissions and Diplomas and includes all of Ghormley's naval commissions and his Naval Academic diploma. Subseries 5 consists of British World War II Broadsides and Posters that Ghormley acquired when he was serving as Special Naval Observer in London during 1940-1942. The repository staff have arranged these materials in subseries according to the theme. The British published the posters and broadsides to raise awareness of national security issues and warned British citizens to "Keep Mum" and not to engage in "Careless Talk" that might reveal secrets to the enemy. The posters are in fragile condition and many are torn and show signs of public display, including thumbtack holes.

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS

Parts of the collection, especially the oversized materials, are fragile, brittle, damaged, or in need of conservation and may not be available for research at all times.

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:
Correspondence
Subseries 1:
Correspondence. Family
  • Box 1#1153.1
    • Folder a#1153.1.a
      Letters to Lucile E. Lyon, etc., New York, N.Y., Kansas City, Kans. (1905-1909) ALS. 6 items. 12 p. Note: Miss Lyon was Ghormley's fiancée.
    • Folder b#1153.1.b
      Letters to Lucile E. Lyon and Mabel E. Greene, Coronado Beach, Calif. - Augusta, Ga., etc. (March - Oct. 1911) ALS. 26 items. 70 p. Note: Miss Lyon was Ghormley's fiancée.
    • Folder c#1153.1.c
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, et. al., Kansas City, Mo.; Tacoma, Wash., etc. (1912-1916) ALS. 22 items. 62 p.
    • Folder d#1153.1.d
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, et. al., Kansas City, Mo.. (1917) ALS. 20 items. 58 p.
    • Folder e#1153.1.e
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, et. al., Kansas City, Mo.; Washington, D.C. (1918) ALS. 11 items. 35 p.
    • Folder f#1153.1.f
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (1920-1921) ALS. 19 items. 49 p.
    • Folder g#1153.1.g
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (1922-1927) ALS. 23 items. 41 p.
    • Folder h#1153.1.h
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (1930-1940, undated) ALS. 16 items. 28 p.
    • Folder i#1153.1.i
      Conscription in Europe, by Anonymous (ca. 1910-1914) Holograph. 1 item. 6 p. Note: Unidentified manuscript describing the impact of national armies on the peoples of Europe.
  • Box 2#1153.2
    • Folder a#1153.2.a
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (1941) ALS. 2 items. 5 p.
    • Folder b#1153.2.b
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (1942) ALS, TL. 26 items. 67 p.
    • Folder c#1153.2.c
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (Feb.-April 1943) ALS, TL. 20 items. 53 p.
    • Folder d#1153.2.d
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (May-June 1943) ALS. 19 items. 43 p.
    • Folder e#1153.2.e
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (July-Sept. 1943) ALS. 17 items. 69 p.
    • Folder f#1153.2.f
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (Oct.-Dec. 1943) ALS, TL. 18 items. 79 p.
  • Box 3#1153.3
    • Folder a#1153.3.a
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (Jan.-March. 1944) ALS. 27 items. 78 p.
    • Folder b#1153.3.b
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (April-June 1944) ALS, TL. 20 items. 66 p. Note: Letters to Lucile from Margaret Ghormley.
    • Folder c#1153.3.c
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (July-Sept. 1944) ALS, TL. 16 items. 60 p. Note: Letters to Robert from Margaret Ghormley.
    • Folder d#1153.3.d
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (Oct.-Dec. 1944) ALS, TL. 22 items. 63 p. Note: Includes newspaper clipping.
  • Box 4#1153.4
    • Folder a#1153.4.a
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (Jan.-March. 1945) ALS, TLS. 24 items. 68 p. Notes: Includes typed copies of letters to Robert from Martin W. Small and C. B. Kendall, Colonel, Medical Corps.
    • Folder b#1153.4.b
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (April-June 1945) ALS, TL. 26 items. 68 p. Note: Includes newspaper clippings.
    • Folder c#1153.4.c
      Letters to Lucile (Mrs. Robert Lee) Ghormley, Washington, D.C. (July-Nov. 1945) ALS, TL. 14 items. 36 p.
Subseries 2:
Correspondence. Miscellaneous
  • Box 5#1153.5
    • Folder a#1153.5.a
      Miscellaneous, A - Z (10 March 1943 - 24 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 19 items. 42 p.
    • Folder b#1153.5.b
      Miscellaneous, A (23 May 1942 - 24 June 1946) ALS, TLS, TL. 43 items. 53 p. Note: Includes sheet music to "Sal of Guadalcanal."
    • Folder c#1153.5.c
      Miscellaneous, B (28 April 1942 - 27 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 52 items. 71 p.
    • Folder d#1153.5.d
      Miscellaneous, C (28 August 1942 - 7 Oct. 1943) ALS, TLS, TL. 73 items. 102 p.
    • Folder e#1153.5.e
      Miscellaneous, D - E (1 May 1942 - 7 Sept. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 53 items. 128 p.
    • Folder f#1153.5.f
      Miscellaneous, F (16 June 1942 - 10 Oct. 1944) ALS, TL, TL. 43 items. 52 p.
    • Folder g#1153.5.g
      Miscellaneous, G (23 June 1942 - 25 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 66 items. 96 p.
    • Folder h#1153.5.h
      Miscellaneous, H (18 April 1942 - 23 May 1946) ALS, TLS, TL. 79 items. 97 p.
    • Folder i#1153.5.i
      Miscellaneous, I (10 July 1943 - 8 Sept. 1944) ALS, TL. 4 items. 7 p.
    • Folder j#1153.5.j
      Miscellaneous, J (11 June 1942 - 18 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 24 items. 51 p.
    • Folder k#1153.5.k
      Miscellaneous, K (3 July 1942 - 9 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 23 items. 32 p.
    • Folder l#1153.5.l
      Miscellaneous, L (27 April 1942 - 9 Sept. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 46 items. 52 p.
    • Folder m#1153.5.m
      Miscellaneous, M - N (19 April 1942 - 25 March 1946) ALS, TLS, TL. 18 items. 22 p.
    • Folder n#1153.5.n
      Miscellaneous, O - P (12 June 1942 - 24 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 45 items. 69 p.
  • Box 6#1153.6
    • Folder a#1153.6.a
      Miscellaneous, R (11 Aug. 1942 - 26 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 66 items. 98 p.
    • Folder b#1153.6.b
      Miscellaneous, S (18 April 1942 - 28 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 38 items. 59 p.
    • Folder c#1153.6.c
      Miscellaneous, T (29 April 1942 - 23 Aug. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 39 items. 56 p.
    • Folder d#1153.6.d
      Miscellaneous, V (17 April 1943 - 4 Sept. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 13 items. 14 p.
    • Folder e#1153.6.e
      Miscellaneous, W (18 April 1942 - 19 Aug. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 66 items. 98 p.
    • Folder f#1153.6.f
      Miscellaneous, X - Y - Z (5 April 1943 - 12 Oct. 1944) ALS, TL, TL. 13 items. 20 p.
    • Folder g#1153.6.g
      Miscellaneous, A - Z (Dec. 1945) ALS, TLS, TL. 13 items. 19 p. Note: Includes items in Russian and French. Mainly relates to his departure from Germany and transfer to U.S.
Subseries 3:
Correspondence. Personal
  • Box 7#1153.7
    • Folder a#1153.7.a
      D. O. Ghormley. Letter to Lt. R. L. Ghormley (12/28/1916) ALS. 1 item. 5 p. Note: D. O. Ghormley was R. L. Ghormley's father. Clipping attached. D. O. Ghormley was Field Missionary in Tacoma, Wash. for the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
    • Folder b#1153.7.b
      Personal (1917) 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder c#1153.7.c
      Congratulatory Messages received on Promotion to Rear Admiral #1 (Dec. 1938) 217 items. 226 p.
    • Folder d#1153.7.d
      Congratulatory Messages Received on Promotion to Rear Admiral #2 (Dec. 1938 - July 1939) 201 items. 201 p.
    • Folder e#1153.7.e
      A. J. [Arthur Japy] Hepburn (30 Jan. - 10 Feb. 1936) TL, TLS, ALS, 4 items. 5 p. Note: Invitation to serve as operations officers to Commander-in-Chief and Assistant Chief of Staff.
    • Folder f#1153.7.f
      Alex "Sandy" Sharp (6 - 21 Feb. 1936) ALS, TLS, Telegram. 3 items. 5 p. Note: Invitation to serve as Admiral Arthur Japy Hepburn's Operations Officer.
    • Folder g#1153.7.g
      William T. Tarrant, Comndt., 11th Naval District, San Diego, Calif. (9 Jan., 4 Feb. 1936) ALS. 2 items. 3 p. Note: Invitation to serve as Chief of Staff of Scouting Force.
    • Folder h#1153.7.h
      Personal and U.S. Navy Correspondence (4/23/1935 - 6/24/1940) 64 items. 107 p.
    • Folder i#1153.7.i
      Naval War College (1937) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder j#1153.7.j
      Chief of Staff Naval Operations (8/7 - 12/18/1940) 46 items. 74 p.
    • Folder k#1153.7.k
      Special Naval Observer, London, England (8/19 - 12/27/1940) ALS, TLS, TL. 58 items. 68 p.
  • Box 8#1153.8
    • Folder a#1153.8.a
      Special Naval Observer, London, England (8/15 - 12/17/1940) ALS, TLS, TL. 85 items. 121 p.
    • Folder b#1153.8.b
      Christmas Cards Received and List (1940) 14 items. 35 p.
    • Folder c#1153.8.c
      Special Naval Observer, London, England (1/3 - 12/31/1941) ALS, TLS, TL. 100 items. 133 p.
    • Folder d#1153.8.d
      Special Naval Observer, London, England. United States Correspondence (1/7 - 12/30/1941) ALS, TLS, TL. 99 items. 157 p.
    • Folder e#1153.8.e
      Christmas Cards Lists. United States and United Kingdom (Nov. - Dec. 1941) Edited Typescript. 3 items. 13 p.
    • Folder f#1153.8.f
      Christmas Cards, Letters and Telegrams, Etc. Received (Dec. 1941) ALS, etc. 2 items. 54 p.
  • Box 9#1153.9
    • Folder a#1153.9.a
      Special Naval Observer, London, England. United Kingdom Letters (1 Jan. - 8 Aug. 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 88 items. 133 p.
    • Folder b#1153.9.b
      Special Naval Observer, London, England. United States Correspondence (1 Jan. - 19 April 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 42 items. 66 p.
    • Folder c#1153.9.c
      South Pacific Area [SOPAC] Letters and Memos (23 May - 8 Aug. 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 70 items. 95 p.
    • Folder d#1153.9.d
      South Pacific Area [SOPAC] Lucile Ghormley Letters (22 May and 12 Oct. 1942) ALS. 2 items. 6 p.
    • Folder e#1153.9.e
      Fourteenth Naval District and Hawaiian Sea Frontier. Personal Files and Letters (1943-1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 136 items. 291 p.
    • Folder f#1153.9.f
      Fourteenth Naval District and Hawaiian Sea Frontier. Memo from George Horne, New York Times, re: Guadalcanal (6/8/1944) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Annotated: "Called - questions not answered."
    • Folder g#1153.9.g
      United States Naval Forces in Europe, London, England (Oct. - Dec. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 32 items. 48 p.
  • Box 10#1153.10
    • Folder a#1153.10.a
      United States Naval Forces in Europe, London, England (Jan. - Feb. 1945) ALS, TLS, TL. 40 items. 59 p.
    • Folder b#1153.10.b
      United States Naval Forces in Europe, London, England - Kiel, Babelsberg, Berlin, Germany (June - Aug.. 1945) ALS, TLS, TL. 64 items. 110 p. Note: Includes files on Tripartite Conference, Babelsberg, Germany.
    • Folder c#1153.10.c
      United States Naval Forces in Europe, Berlin, Germany - Retirement (May 1945 - Dec. 1946) ALS, TLS, TL. 26 items. 61 p. Note: Includes post retirement letters and rosters of naval officers in Europe. Includes Russian language materials.
    • Folder d#1153.10.d
      United States Naval Forces in Europe, London, England - Berlin, Germany (Aug. - Dec. 1945) ALS, TLS, TL. 220 items. 245 p. Note: Includes files on Tripartite Conference, Babelsberg, Germany. Includes Russian language materials.
    • Folder e#1153.10.e
      Burton T. French, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio letters (1945) TLS and Clipping. 4 items. 8 p. Note: former classmate at University of Idaho and Congressman from Idaho.
    • Folder f#1153.10.f
      Robert L Ghormley, re: Comments on Vol. IV, History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, by Dr. Samuel Eliot Morrison (1946-1948) ALS, TLS, TL. 5 items. 14 p.
    • Folder g#1153.10.g
      Robert L Ghormley, re: Comments on Vol. IV, History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, by Dr. Samuel Eliot Morrison (Nov. 1950) TLS, TL. 4 items. 19 p.
    • Folder h#1153.10.h
      Autograph Request Letters (1946-1957) ALS, etc. 53 items. 76 p.
    • Folder i#1153.10.i
      Retirement (1957-1958) ALS, TLS, TL. 4 items. 6 p.
    • Folder j#1153.10.j
      Retired Flag Officers Information (21 Feb. 1958) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 14 p. Note: CNO Personal Letter No. 1.
    • Folder k#1153.10.k
      Retired Flag Officers Information (30 April 1958) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 22 p. Note: CNO Personal Letter No. 3.
Series 2:
United States Navy Files
Subseries 1:
Correspondence
  • Box 11#1153.11
    • Folder c#1153.11.c
      United States Naval Academy Chapel. Postcards not sent (ca. 1930s) Color postcards. 4 items. 4 p.
    • Folder d#1153.11.d
      Communications Department for Ships of the Navy Board (15 Aug. - 2 Sept. 1935) Mimeograph and Carbon typescript. 12 items. 96 p.
    • Folder e#1153.11.e
      Communications Department for Ships of the Navy Board (3 Sept. 1935) Mimeograph and Carbon typescript. 4 items. 61 p.
    • Folder f#1153.11.f
      Office of Chief of Naval Operations, War Plans Division (5 July 1938 - 19 July 1939) ALS, TLS, TL. 232 items. 245 p.
    • Folder g#1153.11.g
      Special Naval Observer, London, England: United States letters (13 Sept. 1940 - 28 March 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 52 items. 102 p. Note: Secret correspondence with United States.
    • Folder h#1153.11.h
      Special Naval Observer, London, England: Admiral H. R. "Betty" Stark letters received (9 Sept. 1940 - 27 Feb. 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 39 items. 73 p. Note: Secret correspondence with United States.
    • Folder i#1153.11.i
      Special Naval Observer, London, England: Admiral H. R. "Betty" Stark letters sent (23 Aug. 1940 - 6 April 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 51 items. 166 p. Note: Secret correspondence with United States.
    • Folder j#1153.11.j
      South Pacific Area [SOPAC] Correspondence (23 April - 14 Nov. 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 13 items. 21 p.
    • Folder k#1153.11.k
      Fourteenth Naval District / Hawaiian Sea Frontier, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Correspondence (1 Dec. 1942 - 12 Oct. 1944) ALS, TLS, TL. 139 items. 196 p.
Subseries 2:
Miscellaneous, D - H
  • Box 11#1153.11
    • Folder l#1153.11.l
      Diplomas. United States Naval War College, Providence, R.I. (24 May 1938) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder m#1153.11.m
      Ephemera. California Driver's License (1936) Printed form. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder n#1153.11.n
      Genealogy. Ghormley Family File (1918-1947, undated) ALS, TLS, TL, Photocopy Mss, Photographic print. 10 items. 18 p.
    • Folder o#1153.11.o
      Hawaii Committee of the National War Fund, Inc. File (1942-1944) TL. 27 items. 36 p.
Subseries 3:
Social Events
  • Box 12#1153.12
    • Folder a#1153.12.a
      Log of Social Events, Washington, D.C. Guest List (31 July 1936) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder b#1153.12.b
      Log of Social Events, London, England. Guest Lists (19 Aug. 1940 - 6 Jan. 1942) ALS, TLS, TL, Carbon typescript. 60 items. 78 p.
    • Folder c#1153.12.c
      Log of Social Events, London, England. Schedules (18 Aug. 1940 - 10 April 1942) Typescript. 69 items. 69 p.
    • Folder d#1153.12.d
      Log of Social Events, London, England. Guest Lists (1 Jan. - 9 April 1942) ALS, TLS, TL. 47 items. 67 p.
    • Folder e#1153.12.e
      Liquor Order Receipts, London, England (1944-1945) Printed forms. 13 items. 15 p. Note: Saccone & Speed, Ltd.
    • Folder f#1153.12.f
      Log of Social Events, London, England. Schedules and Guest Lists (19 Nov. 1944 - 19 June 1945) ALS, TLS, TL, Typescript. 5 items. 25 p.
    • Folder g#1153.12.g
      Log of Social Events, London, England. Schedules and Guest Lists (16 Sept. - 7 Dec. 1945) Typescript. 38 items. 63 p.
Subseries 4:
Naval War College
  • Box 12#1153.12
    • Folder h#1153.12.h
      Analysis of the Naval Strategy of the World War: Strategical Operations in the North European Theater from the Beginning of the World War to the Battle of Dogger Bank, by Capt. R. L. Ghormley, Class of 1938, Naval War College (30 April 1938) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 14 p.
    • Folder i#1153.12.i
      Battle of Jutland Manuscript [by R. L. Ghormley] (ca. 1937-1938) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 17 p. Note: Title page missing.
    • Folder j#1153.12.j
      Cruiser Warfare, by Capt. R. L. Ghormley, Class of 1938, Naval War College (Sept. - Oct. 1937) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 9 p.
    • Folder k#1153.12.k
      Present Trends in the Foreign Policy of the United States in Regard to Europe and the Near East, by Capt. R. L. Ghormley, Class of 1938, Naval War College (18 April 1938) Typescript. 1 item. 38 p.
Subseries 5:
Orders
  • Box 13#1153.13
    • Folder a#1153.13.a
      Orders (31 July 1940 - 27 Oct. 1945) Printed forms, TLS, TL. 189 items. 269 p.
    • Folder b#1153.13.b
      Orders. Special Naval Observer, American Embassy, London, England (19 Sept. 1941) TLS, TL. Original and Carbons. 5 items. 5 p. Note: Original signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox.
    • Folder c#1153.13.c
      Orders. U.S. Pacific Fleet, Task Force 61, USS SARATOGA, Flagship, by VADM Frank Jack Fletcher (28 July 1942) Pursuant to Ghormley's South Pacific Plan No. 1-42 for invasion of Solomon Islands. Carbon typescript. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder d#1153.13.d
      Orders. Personal. Death of President Roosevelt and Victory in Europe, Etc. (April - May 1945) ALS, TLS, TL, Printed. 26 items. 61 p.
    • Folder e#1153.13.e
      Orders. Retirement. Commander, United States Naval Forces in Europe, Germany (11 Nov. 1944 - 1 July 1946) ALS, TLS, TL, Printed forms, Mimeograph typescript. 62 items. 200 p.
Subseries 6:
Miscellaneous P - W
  • Box 13#1153.13
    • Folder f#1153.13.f
      Philippines War Relief Fund, Honolulu, Hawaii (Feb. 1944) TLS, TL, Mimeograph typescript. 6 items. 16 p. Note: See also map filed oversized.
    • Folder g#1153.13.g
      Recipes. (ca. 1940-1942) Typescript and Carbon typescript. 7 items. 9 p.
    • Folder h#1153.13.h
      Research File: Quotations, Poems, Correspondence, Etc. (ca. 1921-1922) Typescript, Carbon typescript, Printed. 24 items. 33 p.
    • Folder i#1153.13.i
      Royal Maundy, London, England File (April 1942) ALS, Carbon typescript, Printed. 8 items. 23 p.
    • Folder j#1153.13.j
      Scrapbook. Assistant Chief of Naval Operations - Special Naval Observer, London, England (1938-1942) Loose-leaf. 1 item. 29 p. Note: Includes clippings, ephemera, carbon typescript.
    • Folder k#1153.13.k
      Scrapbook. London, England - Auckland, New Zealand (13 April - 28 June 1942) Loose-leaf. 1 item. 40 p. Note: Includes clippings, letters, photographic prints, ephemera, etc.
    • Folder l#1153.13.l
      Service of Commemoration and of Dedication in St. Paul's Cathedral in Honour of 28,000 American Dead, (4 July 1951) Program, Luncheon table plan, List of guests, and Mrs. Ghormley's ticket. Printed. 3 items. 18 p.
    • Folder m#1153.13.m
      Ralphine E. White File (1943-1944) Photographic prints, Life insurance policy, Correspondence, Women's Auxiliary Army Corps [WAAC] enrollment forms and ephemera. 27 items. 45 p. Note: Ms. White served in the WAACs in Hawaii when Ghormley commanded the Fourteenth Naval District there.
Subseries 7:
South Pacific Area & South Pacific Force Command [SOPAC]
1
Clipping Scrapbooks
2
[SOPAC] Dispatches "SECRET"
  • Box 15#1153.15
    • Folder a#1153.15.a
      #1 R. L. Ghormley Memorandum on Investigation of Loss of USS WASP to Admiral E. J. King, regarding RADM Leigh Noyes statement and RADM J. F. Shafroth's letter. (22 Sept. 1942 - 10 Nov. 1944) Carbon typescript. 8 items. 13 p.
    • Folder b#1153.15.b
      #2 "SECRET" Dispatches (May - Nov. 1942) ALS, TLS, Typescript, Carbon typescript, Clippings, etc. 93 items. 166 p.
    • Folder c#1153.15.c
      #3 "SECRET" Dispatches R. L. Ghormley to Capt. Mark C. Bowman and RADM Horace D. Nuber, regarding advanced base materials and equipment requested for South Pacific Area with attached correspondence (1 May - 9 Oct. 1942) ALS, Typescript, Carbon typescript, Clippings, etc. 22 items. 43 p.
    • Folder d#1153.15.d
      #3 "SECRET" Dispatches. Advanced Base Materials and Equipment Requested for South Pacific Area (24 April - 21 Dec. 1942) Carbon typescript. 19 items. 22 p.
    • Folder e#1153.15.e
      #4 "SECRET" Dispatches. ADM Turner's Memorandum for Admiral Arthur Japy Hepburn [1943] Typescript. 1 item. 15 p.
    • Folder f#1153.15.f
      #5 "SECRET" Dispatches. Commander South Pacific Log and Notes (May - Dec. 1942; 8 May 1944) Typescript. 8 items. 13 p. Notes: Re: Battle of Savo Island 8-9 August 1942.
    • Folder g#1153.15.g
      #6 "SECRET" Dispatches. Concerning Certain Phases of the August 9th Action (14 Aug. 1942 - 12 March 1943) Typescript and Carbon typescript. 5 items. 8 p. Notes: Includes cover letter for, Mike (MC) Cheek, COMSOPAC.
    • Folder h#1153.15.h
      #7 "SECRET" Dispatches. RADM J. F. Shafroth Board. R. L. Ghormley Testimony (5 Jan. 1943) Annotated carbon typescript. 1 item. 11 p.
    • Folder i#1153.15.i
      #8 "SECRET" Dispatches. Hepburn Report of Informal Inquiry into Battle of Savo Island (Solomon Islands) (13 May 1943) Carbon typescript and Clipping. 2 items. 61 p. Note: Includes 2 copies of a map showing naval movements. Arthur Japy Hepburn chaired the Board.
    • Folder j#1153.15.j
      #9 "SECRET" Dispatches. Memo from Ernest J. King, Chief of Naval Operations on Hepburn Report, etc. (14 Sept. 1943) Typescript and Carbon typescript. 6 items. 8 p.
    • Folder k#1153.15.k
      #10 "SECRET" Dispatches. RADM J. F. Shafroth Board. Finding of Facts, 8/7 - 9/15/1942 (undated) Typescript. 1 item. 10 p. Note: Investigation into loss of USS WASP, 15 Sept. 1942.
    • Folder l#1153.15.l
      #11 "SECRET" Dispatches. R. L. Ghormley note recommending Navy Cross to RADM Norman Scott for light force action off Savo Island 11-12 Oct. 1942 (24 Nov. 1942) ALS and Mimeograph typescript. 3 items. 4 p.
    • Folder m#1153.15.m
      #12 "SECRET" Dispatches. Commander South Pacific - Cominch and Cincpac Memoranda (August - Sept. 1942) Typescript. 25 items. 25 p.
    • Folder n#1153.15.n
      #13 "SECRET" Dispatches. Battle of Guadalcanal, November 11-15, 1942, Comments by the President Naval War College, (W. S. Pye), NWC Serial 2238, 6/5/1943 forwarded for information by Cincpac C. W. Nimitz (30 June 1943) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 9 p.
    • Folder o#1153.15.o
      Narrative by Vice Admiral R. L. Ghormley, U.S.N., South Pacific Command - April through October 1942. Events leading up to United States attack on Solomon Islands, etc. "SECRET" (22 Jan. 1943) Typescript transcript of recorded interview, Film No. 13 and 16, Office of Naval Records and Library. Copy No. 1 of four copies. 1 item. 24 p.
    • Folder p#1153.15.p
      "SECRET" Dispatches. R. L. Ghormley's comments on British Joint Staff Mission Papers dated 19 May 1947, re: "The Final Sages of the War in North West Europe: (15 July 1947) Carbon typescript; Photocopy typescript. 2 items. 20 p.
3
[SOPAC] Fitness Reports of Naval Officers
4
[SOPAC] Logs
  • Box 15#1153.15
    • Folder s#1153.15.s
      SOPAC Log - Operation Pestilence [Invasion of Solomon Islands] (1 Aug. - 13 Nov. 1942) Photocopy holograph and TLS. 1 item. 99 p. Note: Copies from Robert L. Ghormley Collection (PC #72) Personal Papers Archives, Marine Corps Historical Center, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Dept. of the Navy, Washington, D.C.; also transmission letter, 10/27/1995.
5
[SOPAC] Miscellaneous
6
[SOPAC] History of South Pacific Force and the South Pacific Area, ca. Aug. 1940 - Oct. 1942
  • Box 16#1153.16
    • Folder a#1153.16.a
      "SECRET Memorandum" (20 Jan. 1943) Typescript and Carbon typescript. 5 items. 59 p.
    • Folder b#1153.16.b
      "SECRET Memorandum" (1940-1942) TL and Mimeograph typescript. 6 items. 58 p.
    • Folder c#1153.16.c
      Draft History Memorandum #1 (ca. 1943) Annotated typescript. 1 item. 122 p.
    • Folder d#1153.16.d
      Draft History Memorandum #2 Edited. (ca. 1943) Annotated typescript. Unbound Mss. 1 item. 118 p. Note: Filed in page order.
    • Folder e#1153.16.e
      Draft History Memorandum #3 Edited. (ca. 1943) Typescript. Unbound Mss. 1 item. 112 p. Note: Filed in reverse page order.
    • Folder f#1153.16.f
      The Tide Turns [A History of the South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area] by R. L. Ghormley [1943] Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 144 p. Note: Copied from Robert L. Ghormley Papers (PC #72) Personal Papers Archives, Marine Corps Historical Center, Washington, D.C. Marked "Declassified 3/28/1960". Annotated. Obtained from Adm. Ghormley in Summer of 1949 (by) L. Zimmerman."
    • Folder g#1153.16.g
      The Tide Turns [A History of the South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area] by R. L. Ghormley [1943] Typescript. 1 item. 146 p.
7
[SOPAC] Miscellaneous, U - W
  • Box 16#1153.16
    • Folder h#1153.16.h
      Tax and Insurance File (1942-1944) TLS, TL, Printed forms. 56 items. 79 p.
    • Folder i#1153.16.i
      United States Naval Chronology, World War II. Corrections (1955) TLS. 3 items. 3 p.
    • Folder j#1153.16.j
      United States Navy. Travel Record from London, England to Auckland, New Zealand, 11 May - 9 July 1942 (ca. 1942) Typescript and Carbon typescript. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder k#1153.16.k
      Capt. J. P. W. Vest. Statement before Senate Naval Affairs Committee on S.B. 2044 (Amended) (11 July 1946) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 23 p. Note: Marked #41. Relates to British experience with combined air force organization and implications for proposal to separate U.S. sea and land air forces.
Subseries 8:
Fourteenth Naval District of Hawaii & Hawaiian Sea Frontier Command
Subseries 9:
United States Naval Forces in Europe, London & Germany Command
  • Box 17#1153.17
    • Folder f#1153.17.f
      Biographical Sketch. "Naval History - Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley, U.S. Navy, 1883-1944." (ca. 1944) Typescript. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder g#1153.17.g
      Citation. Legion of Merit presented by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz (26 Oct. 1944) Carbon typescript and Photographic print. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder h#1153.17.h
      Dispatches "SECRET" Official German Naval Reaction to the Subordination of the German Navy to the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces (ca. July - Dec. 1945) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 17 p. Note: Anonymous report.
    • Folder i#1153.17.i
      Gifts from Member of Armed Forces Certification Forms. (ca. 1945) Carbon typescript printed forms. 6 items. 6 p.
    • Folder j#1153.17.j
      Lecture to History Class [Commencement ?] "In the Pacific War . . .," by R. L. Ghormley (1 May 1945) Typescript and Carbon typescript. 4 items. 28 p. Note: Includes duplicate of lecture. First four words of lecture used for title.
    • Folder k#1153.17.k
      Letterhead. Adolph Hitler stationery (ca. 1945) Printed. 6 items. 6 p. Note: German language materials.
    • Folder l#1153.17.l
      Letterhead. Invitation Card not sent (ca. 1940-1942) Printed. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Card dates from Ghormley's service as Special Naval Observer, American Embassy, London, England.
    • Folder m#1153.17.m
      Letterhead. Obercommando der Kriegsmarine [German Navy General Staff] Stationery (ca. 1945) Printed. 8 items. 8 p. Note: German language materials.
    • Folder n#1153.17.n
      Log - Personal. Personal Log of Vice Admiral Ghormley, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, London, England (Nov. 1944 - July 1945) Typescript. 1 item. 84 p. Note: Pages filed in reverse chronological order.
    • Folder o#1153.17.o
      Menu. Saturday, 24 November 1945 (1945) Carbon typescript and water color illustration. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder p#1153.17.p
      Roster of Officers, U.S. Fleet, U.S. Naval Forces, Germany (1 Dec. 1945) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 8 p.
    • Folder q#1153.17.q
      Russian Abduction Attempt Memorandum, by Karl Dischler, Berlin, Germany (7 Nov. 1945) Carbon typescript. 2 items. 3 p.
Subseries 10:
Miscellaneous
  • Box 11#1153.11
    • Folder a#1153.11.a
      Admiral Ghormley, by Alan Bell. BBC Radio Commentary text. (10 Feb. 1942) Carbon typescript. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder b#1153.11.b
      Cleveland Heights, Washington, D.C. Ghormley residence property deeds, etc. (1931-1940) Printed forms, etc. 10 items. 32 p.
Series 3:
Retirement
  • Box 17#1153.17
    • Folder r#1153.17.r
      Citation. Distinguished Service Medal (ca. 1946) TLS, Carbon typescript copies and envelope. 2 items. 11 p. Note: Signed by James Forrestal, Secretary of Navy.
    • Folder s#1153.17.s
      Diplomas. University of Idaho (Doctor of Laws) (3 June 1946) Printed form and leather folder. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Honorary degree.
    • Folder t#1153.17.t
      Ephemera. White House Reception Ticket and Invitation from President and Mrs. Eisenhower (2 Dec. 1954) Printed. 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder u#1153.17.u
      General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Memorial Library (1946) TLS and Pamphlet. 2 items. 11 p. Note: Fund raising event.
    • Folder v#1153.17.v
      Harmon L. Graff Letter (21 Oct. 1956) ALS. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Requests photograph of Ghormley.
    • Folder w#1153.17.w
      Military Dependent Identification Card Application. Lucile L. Ghormley (1954) Printed forms. 3 items. 3 p.
    • Folder x#1153.17.x
      Instructions for Ironing Transfers to Uniforms (undated) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder y#1153.17.y
      National Fund-Raising Services, Inc. Reference for David Martin (1955) TLS. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Martin was a member of Ghormley's staff in London, ca. 1940-1942.
    • Folder z#1153.17.z
      Navy Public Statements May 1958 (14 March 1958) Mimeograph typescript and Printed. 2 items. 50 p. Note: Circulated to retired flag officers.
    • Folder za#1153.17.za
      Social Security File (1951-1952) ALS, TLS, Printed forms. 9 items. 13 p.
Series 4:
Robert Lee Ghormley, Jr. Files
  • Box 18#1153.18
    • Folder a#1153.18.a
      Biographical Material on R. L. Ghormley and USS SANDS (DD-243 / APD-13), by R. L. Ghormley, Jr. (1995-2004) Photocopy typescript. 6 items. 17 p.
    • Folder b#1153.18.b
      Correspondence. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (19, 27 Jan. 1961) TL and ALS. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Regarding reasons why Nimitz relieved Admiral Ghormley from command of South Pacific Force (SOPAC) in October, 1942.
    • Folder c#1153.18.c
      Correspondence. Personal. Harold W. Charter Letter to CMDR R. L. Ghormley, Jr. (26 Dec. 1977) TLS, Photocopy typescript. Clippings, Memos. 6 items. 7 p. Note: Charter served under VADM Ghormley when the latter was Special Naval Observer, American Embassy, London, England, 1940-1942.
    • Folder d#1153.18.d
      Bulletin of the Association - Class of 1906 USNA (25 Aug. 1958) Mimeograph typescript. 2 items. 4 p. Note: Includes obituary of VADM Ghormley.
    • Folder e#1153.18.e
      Funeral Services for Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, U.S.N. Retired, Fort Meyer Chapel and Arlington National Cemetery (25 June 1958) Pamphlet. 1 item. 24 p.
    • Folder f#1153.18.f
      R. L. Ghormley, Jr. U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1948 File (ca. 1948) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder g#1153.18.g
      R. L. Ghormley, Jr. Special Medical Examination (1932) Printed form. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder h#1153.18.h
      Antarctic Supply Conditions as of February 1961 Memorandum, by LCDR R. L. Ghormley, Jr. (6 March 1961) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 21 p.
    • Folder i#1153.18.i
      Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, U.S.N. Naval Observer London, 16 Aug. 1940 - 25 July 1942. Chronology Compiled by Robert L. Ghormley, Jr., U.S.N. Retired (ca. 2008) Typescript. Loose-leaf. 1 item. 348 p. Note: Includes Index.
    • Folder j#1153.18.j
      Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley and Family O'Gormley, Or, Three Martlets Gules, Two and One [Genealogy File] by Robert L. Ghormley, Jr., U.S.N. Retired (1999) Typescript. Loose-leaf. 1 item. 324 p.
Series 5:
Photographic Prints and Negatives
  • Box 19#1153.19
    • Folder a#1153.19.a
      Young Men's Christian Association Officers [Tacoma, Wash. ?] (ca. 1890s) Photocopy. Black & White. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Ghormley standing, 1st on left.
    • Folder b#1153.19.b
      University of Idaho Prep Graduates [Moscow, Idaho] (1899) Black & White. 6" x 8.5" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Pasted on cardboard. Captioned on verso. Ghormley seated front right.
    • Folder c#1153.19.c
      University of Idaho and Kappa Phi Alpha Fraternityl [Moscow, Idaho] (1900) Black & White. 6.25" x 8.25" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Ghormley seated, front right. Captioned on verso.
    • Folder d#1153.19.d
      R. L. Ghormley in Football Uniform, U.S. Naval Academy (ca. 1902-1906) Black & White. 3.5" x 4.5" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Pasted on cardboard matte.
    • Folder e#1153.19.e
      R. L. Ghormley and U.S. Naval Officers with Chinese Navy and Government Officials (ca. 1910-1920) Black & White. 8" x 10" 2 items. 2 p. Note: #1 Ghormley standing on rock, Center. #2 Ghormley standing, 3rd row, 5th from right.
    • Folder f#1153.19.f
      RADM A. W. [Albert Weston] Grant, U. S. Navy (ca. 1918) Black & White. Photocopy. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment to R. L. Ghormley thanking him for his service as flag lieutenant to Commander, Battle Force One, 1917-1918.
    • Folder g#1153.19.g
      USS SANDS (DD-243) and Unidentified Naval Officer (Dec. 1920-Sept. 1922) Black & White. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Portrait of unidentified naval officer was behind the framed photo of USS SANDS.
    • Folder h#1153.19.h
      R. L. Ghormley in Naval Uniform with Pet Dog (ca. 1920s) Black & White. 2.5" x 4.5" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder i#1153.19.i
      R. L. Ghormley, Wife and Three Children, McComb Street, Washington, D.C. (ca. 1924) Black & White. 5.75" x 3.5" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder j#1153.19.j
      R. L. Ghormley, Captain, USN, Operations Officer, Staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. (May 1937) Black & White. 4" x 5" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned on verso.
    • Folder k#1153.19.k
      R. L. Ghormley and Officers aboard USS OKLAHOMA (June 1925 - Sept. 1927) Black & White. Various sizes. 4 items. 4 p.
    • Folder l#1153.19.l
      USS LEXINGTON (CV-2) Aerial Views (ca. 1928) Black & White. 8" x 10" 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder m#1153.19.m
      William A. Moffett Portrait (14 Jan. 1928) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment. Moffett was founder and first chief of the Bureau of Aviation, U.S. Navy, 1921-1933.
    • Folder n#1153.19.n
      R. L. Ghormley with Officers of USS PENNSYLVANIA, Flagship, Battle Force, U.S. Fleet (May 1930 - Sept. 1932) Black & White. Various sizes. 5 items. 5 p. Note: Portrait of officers autographed.
    • Folder o#1153.19.o
      R. L. Ghormley with Fashion Designer Peggy Hamilton, Los Angeles, Calif. (10 July 1932) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder p#1153.19.p
      R. L. Ghormley with Officers of USS NEVADA (June 1935 - June 1936) Black & White. 26 items. 26 p.
    • Folder q#1153.19.q
      R. L. Ghormley Portraits as Chief of Staff and Operations Officer to Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet (June 1936 - June 1937) Black & White. Various sizes. 15 items. 15 p. Note: Portrait of officers is captioned on verso.
    • Folder r#1153.19.r
      Naval War College, Newport, R.I. Cartoon, by John Thomason (1938) Pen and ink. 8" x 11.5". Note: Autographed: "Time Marches On! COMDR BS in May, '38 for Captain Ghormley - John Thomason, Newport 1938."
    • Folder s#1153.19.s
      USS MONAHAN (DD-354) and VJ Squadron One-F Aircraft Base Force (14 Sept. 1938) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder t#1153.19.t
      R. L. Ghormley in Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (June 1940) Black & White. 8" x10" and 4" x 5" 2 items. 2 p. Note: Autographed on verso. Ghormley seated 2nd from right.
    • Folder u#1153.19.u
      R. L. Ghormley in Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (June 1940) Black & White. 4" x 5" 2 items. 2 p. Note: Dated on verso. Ghormley seated at left.
    • Folder v#1153.19.v
      Sinking of ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE (German Pocket Battleship) with note from O.H. Demerow. (Dec. 1939) Black & White. 8" x 10" 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder w#1153.19.w
      R. L. Ghormley U.S. Navy Identification Card and Portrait Negatives. (ca. 1940 and undated) Printed form and 3 negatives. Black & White. 4 items. 4 p.
    • Folder x#1153.19.x
      R. L. Ghormley and King Haakon of Norway and Unidentified Army Officer, London, England (ca. 1940-1942) Black & White. 8" x 10" 2 items. 2 p. Note: Torn.
    • Folder y#1153.19.y
      R. L. Ghormley and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, Joseph Kennedy, London, England. (ca. 1940-1942) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Torn.
    • Folder z#1153.19.z
      R. L. Ghormley as Special Naval Observer and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, London, England (Aug. 1940 - April 1942; Feb. - May 1945) Black & White. Various sizes. 18 items. 18 p. Note: Captioned on verso.
    • Folder za#1153.19.za
      Ralph Austin Bard Portrait (ca. 1942) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment. Bard was Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
    • Folder zb#1153.19.zb
      James Forrestal Portrait (ca. 1942) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Mounted on cardboard matte. Autographed with sentiment. Forrestal was Secretary of the Navy.
    • Folder zc#1153.19.zc
      R. L. Ghormley Portraits as Special Naval Observer, London, England (ca. 1942) Black & White. Various sizes. 4 items. 5 p. Note: Includes on of Ghormley in civilian dress.
    • Folder zd#1153.19.zd
      R. L. Ghormley Portraits as Special Naval Observer, London, England (ca. 1940-1942) Photograph Album. Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 vol. 7 p. Note: Torn.
    • Folder ze#1153.19.ze
      R. L. Ghormley as Commander, South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area (COMSOPAC) (April - Oct. 1942) Black & White. Various sizes. 6 items. 6 p. Note: Captioned on verso. One photo shows Ghormley with General Alexander McCarrell "Sandy" Patch who commanded Army and Marine forces during the invasion of Guadalcanal; he later commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the invasion of southern France (Operation Dragoon).
    • Folder zf#1153.19.zf
      R. L. Ghormley ,et al. (ca. 1942) Black & White. 8" x 10" 5 items. 5 p. Note: All 5 prints removed from same frame. Includes two prints of unidentified woman and child.
    • Folder zg#1153.19.zg
      R. L. Ghormley as Commander 14th Naval District and Hawaiian Sea Frontier, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1943-1944) Black & White. Various sizes. 50 items. 50 p. Note: Prints are rolling. Need conservation.
    • Folder zh#1153.19.zh
      R. L. Ghormley as Commander 14th Naval District and Hawaiian Sea Frontier, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (23 June 1943) Black & White. 4" x 9" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Removed from frame.
    • Folder zi#1153.19.zi
      R. L. Ghormley and Luncheon Guests, Hawaii (22 May 1944) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned on verso. R. L. Ghormley, 7th from left; C. W. Nimitz, 9th from left.
    • Folder zj#1153.19.zj
      R. L. Ghormley as Commander 14th Naval District and Hawaiian Sea Frontier, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (ca. 1943-1944) Black & White. 4" x 9" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned on verso: "In Garden Quarters 'A', Pearl Harbor."
    • Folder zk#1153.19.zk
      R. L. Ghormley with his Brothers: Kenneth Ghormley and Alfred Ghormley (11 Feb. 1943) Black & White. 3.75" x 4.75" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned on verso: "3 brothers at Uncle Al's Feb. 11, 1943. Kenneth standing. Alfred seated with Robert L. Ghormley [in uniform.]"
    • Folder zl#1153.19.zl
      R. L. Ghormley Playing Horseshoes with Mike and Van, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Aug. 1944) Black & White. 5" x 7" 3 items. 3 p. Note: Captioned on verso.
  • Box 20#1153.20
    • Folder a#1153.20.a
      Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Pinning Legion of Merit Medal on R. L. Ghormley (25 Oct. 1944) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment by C. W. Nimitz; captioned on verso.
    • Folder b#1153.20.b
      R. L. Ghormley in his U.S. Naval Forces in Europe Office (ca. Nov. 1944 - Dec. 1945) Black & White and Color. Various sizes. 14 items. 14 p. Note: Includes transmittal note.
    • Folder c#1153.20.c
      Group Captain Sir Louis Greig; Admiral H. R. Stark; Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower; Air Chief Marshall Sir Sholto Douglas; and Vice Admiral R. L. Ghormley, London, England (12 Dec. 1944) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned on verso. Douglas awarded Legion of Merit by Eisenhower.
    • Folder d#1153.20.d
      R. L. Ghormley and Russian, British and American Naval and Army Officers [Berlin, Germany ?] (1945) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder e#1153.20.e
      Admirals Ernest J. King, H. R. Start, and R. L. Ghormley, Paris, France (12-13 July 1945) Black & White. 8" x 10" 15 items. 15 p. Note: Captioned on verso.
    • Folder f#1153.20.f
      Views of Postwar Germany: Autobahns, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Kassel, Heidelberg, Potsdam (1945) Black & White. 8" x 10" 66 items. 66 p.
    • Folder g#1153.20.g
      Views of Postwar Germany: Berlin (1945) Black & White. 8" x 10" 20 items. 20 p.
    • Folder h#1153.20.h
      R. L. Ghormley Residence, [Berlin] Germany (1945) Black & White. Various sizes. 5 items. 5 p.
    • Folder i#1153.20.i
      Views of Postwar Germany: Bremen (1945) Black & White. 8" x 10" 109 items. 109 p.
    • Folder j#1153.20.j
      R. L. Ghormley Pinning Medal on Lt. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, Frankfurt, Germany (5 Nov. 1945) Black & White. 4" x 5" 1 item. 1 p. Captioned on verso.
    • Folder k#1153.20.k
      R. L. Ghormley Portrait (ca. 1950) Black & White. 8" x 10" 2 items. 2 p. Note: Captioned on verso. Duplicates.
    • Folder l#1153.20.l
      R. L. Ghormley, Jr. [?] with Cadets at Military School (ca. 1960) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p.
  • Box 21#1153.21
    • Folder a#1153.21.a
      Views of Postwar Germany: Bremerhaven (1945) Black & White. 8" x 10" 96 items. 96 p. Note: Captions on verso.
    • Folder b#1153.21.b
      Views of Postwar Germany: Frankfurt-am-Main (1945) Black & White. 8" x 10" 6 items. 6 p.
    • Folder c#1153.21.c
      Views of Postwar Germany: Berlin Presented to Admiral Ghormley by John P. Dickson, Major, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Dec. 1945) Black & White. 4-5/8" x 6-1/2" 8 items. 8 p. Note: Includes cover letter from Dickson. Photographic prints mounted on matte board.
    • Folder d#1153.21.d
      USS PRINZ EUGEN (IX-300) Ex-German Heavy Cruiser (1948) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed by H. H. Granbart, Capt., USN, with sentiment.
    • Folder e#1153.21.e
      Views of Postwar Germany (1945 - 1949) Black & White. 8" x 10" 14 items. 14 p. Note: Includes letter from Pictorial Section, Office of Public Relations, Department of the Navy, thanking Ghormley for lending the photographs to them "in connection with an article in the Saturday Evening Post."
    • Folder f#1153.21.f
      R. L. Ghormley (1949) Black & White. 8" x 10" 9 items. 9 p. Note: Includes memo returning photos borrowed but not used for Samuel Eliot Morrison's Naval History and thanking Ghormley photo used in Vol. IV.
    • Folder g#1153.21.g
      R. L. Ghormley and Granddaughter [?] (ca. 1946) Black & White. 5" x 7" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Marked "Proof."
    • Folder h#1153.21.h
      Retirement Views (1946-1958) Black & White. Various sizes. 3 items. 3 p.
    • Folder i#1153.21.i
      Abraham McG. Goff Swearing in as Postmaster General and Letter (1954) Black & White and TLS. 3 items. 3 p.
    • Folder j#1153.21.j
      Midshipmen on Parade [U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD ?] (undated) Black & White. 8" x 10" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder k#1153.21.k
      Unidentified Naval Officers and Views (ca. 1942-1945) Black & White. Various sizes. 6 items. 6 p.
Series 6:
Manuscript Volumes
  • Box 23#1153.23
    • Folder a#1153.23.a
      Cuba Scrapbook (ca. 1920s) 1 vol. 23 p. used out of 49 p. used. Note: Commercially produced images.
    • Folder b#1153.23.b
      Ghormley's Cmdr. U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Expenses Ledger (11 Nov. 1944 - 11 June 1945; 1 Jan. - 16 Sept. 1947) 1 vol. 31 p. used out of 87 p.
    • Folder c#1153.23.c
      Ghormley's Special Naval Observer in London - ComSoPac - Comdr. 14th Naval District, Hawaii Scrapbook (4 Oct. 1941 - 15 Sept. 1944) 1 vol. 66 p. used out of 69 p.
  • Box 25#1153.25
    • Folder a#1153.25.a
      Ghormley's 14th Naval District, Hawaii Scrapbook #2 (1943) 1 vol. 270 p. used. Note: Cover embossed: "Photographs Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley."
Series 7:
Printed Materials
Subseries 1:
Books
  • Box 26#1153.26 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1153.26.a
      Lucky Bag 1906 Vol 13 (Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1906, 1906) Vol. 13. Leather bound. 158 p. Note: Torn and fragile. Pages 1 - 12 are missing. Needs conservation.
    • Folder b#1153.26.b (1 item  digitized)
      Recognition Pictorial Manual of Naval Vessels. Restricted. War Department FM 30-50; Navy Department NAVAER 00-80V-57 Washington, D.C.: Training Division, Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, June 1943) Paper bound. 1 vol. 291 p. Note: Fragile. Some pages missing. Needs conservation. Autographed R. L. Ghormley, Jr.
    • Folder c#1153.26.c (1 item  digitized)
      Recognition Pictorial Manual. Restricted. War Department FM 30-30; Navy Department BAUER 3 Washington, D.C.: Training Division, Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, June 1943) Paper bound. 1 vol. 152 p. Note: Fragile. Some pages missing. Needs conservation. Autographed R. L. Ghormley, Jr.
    • Folder d#1153.26.d
      Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and Reserve Officers on Active Duty (1 January 1965) NAVPERS 15,018 Effective 26 February 1965. Paperbound. 1 vol. 661 p.
    • Folder e#1153.26.e
      ROUND UP: USS NEVADA 1916 - 1936 (Published by USS Nevada Robt. L. Ghormley Captain, U.S.N. Commanding © No date) Paper bound. 1 vol. 82 p.
    • Folder f#1153.26.f
      Unification of the Armed Forces. Hearings Before the Committee on Naval Affairs, United States Senate, Seventy-Ninth Congress, Second Session, on S. 2044: A Bill to Promote the Common Defense by Unifying the Departments and Agencies of the Government Relating to the Common Defense April 30, May 1-9, July 2-11, 1946. (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Offices, 1946) Paper bound. 1 vol. 178 p.
Subseries 2:
Pamphlets & Reprints
  • Box 26#1153.26
    • Folder g#1153.26.g
      Answers to Questions Concerning The Soviet Navy. CHINFO 5720, OI-400. 31 January 1958. (Washington, D.C.: Department of the Navy Office of Information, (1958) Paper bound. 1 item. 16 p.
    • Folder h#1153.26.h
      Funeral Services for Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, U.S. N. Retired, Fort Meyer Chapel and Arlington National Cemetery, June 25, 1958. Paper bound. 1 item. 12 p.
    • Folder i#1153.26.i
      Historical Notes on the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, by Samuel Eliot Morison. Reprinted from The American Neptune Vol. IV, No. 2, 1944. (Salem, Mass.: The American Neptune, Inc., © 1944) Paper bound. 1 item. 18 p.
    • Folder j#1153.26.j
      Inside Warring Russia: An Eye-Witness Report on the Soviet Union's Battle -- Compiled from Dispatches, Censored and Uncensored, by Wallace Carroll, United Press Foreign Correspondent. (United Press Associations, © 1942) Paper bound. 1 item. 23 p. Note: Includes folded map.
    • Folder k#1153.26.k
      Nip Notes. 33367, Op-16-F-20. Restricted (Washington, D.C.: Office of Naval Intelligence, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department [undated]) Paper bound. 1 item. 10 p.
    • Folder l#1153.26.l
      Pocket Guide to New Caledonia, Prepared by Special Service Division, Services of Supply, United States Army (Washington, D.C.: War and Navy Department, 1943) Paper bound. 1 item. 34 p.
    • Folder m#1153.26.m
      South Sea Lore, by Kenneth P. Emory, Bernice P. Bishop Museum Special Publication 36. (Honolulu, Hawaii: Published by the Museum, Sept. 1943) Paper bound. 1 item. 36 p.
    • Folder n#1153.26.n
      Supplying Your Navy, by Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Navy Department. NAVSANDA 350. (Washington, D.C. [ca. 1951]) Paper bound. 1 item. 18 p.
    • Folder o#1153.26.o
      The German White Paper: Full Text of the Polish Documents and the Report on American Ambassador Bullitt's War Attitude. Foreword by C. Hartley Grattan. (New York, N.Y.: Howell, Soskin and CompaN.Y., 1940) Paper bound. 1 item. 38 p.
    • Folder p#1153.26.p
      The Officer's Banking Handbook (London, England: Lloyds Bank Limited, Cox's and King's Branch, May 1941) Paper bound. 1 item. 18 p.
    • Folder q#1153.26.q
      The Royal Maundy, by the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Almonry Office. Printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay and Sons, Ltd., Bungay, Suffolk. [ca. 1938] Paper bound. 1 item. 10 p.
    • Folder r#1153.26.r
      The Way of Peace, Issued by Washington Cathedral National Building Fund, Mount Saint Alban, Washington, D.C., 1946) Paper bound. 1 item. 24 p. Note: Illustrations pasted in are coming loose. Need conservation.
    • Folder s#1153.26.s
      This! That Never Again May War Occur and "War's End" Two Addresses by Burton L. French, Department of Government, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (n.p., n.p., [1945]) Paper bound. 1 item. 8 p. Note: Speeches given on VE Day, 8 May 1945 and VJ Day, 12 Aug. 1945. Autographed on cover with sentiment.
    • Folder t#1153.26.t
      United States Navy at War. Final Official Report to the Secretary of the Navy Covering the Period March 1, 1945, to October 1, 1945, by Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet, and Chief of Naval Operations. Paper bound. 1 item. 36 p. Note: Autographed: "Ghormley." Fragile and Brittle. Needs conservation.
    • Folder u#1153.26.u
      Winston Church. Prime Minister. (New York, NU: British Information Services, Dec. 1943) Paper bound. 1 item. 28 p. Some Excerpts from Wartime Speeches Note: Autographed: "Robt. L. Ghormley".
Subseries 3:
Periodicals
  • Box 26#1153.26
    • Folder v#1153.26.v
      ComNaView Public Relations Section Pictorial, London, England (5 March 1945) Vol. 1, No. 2. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Cover illustration shows Ghormley meeting King Haakon of Norway.
    • Folder w#1153.26.w
      H. M. S. KING GEORGE V Magazine (Plymouth, England: Underhill, Ltd., Printers [1942]) Periodical. 1 item. 18 p. Note: Includes transmission note from Wilfred R. Patterson dated 3/17/1942. Pages 7-9 described voyage to U.S. carrying Lord Halifax; meeting President Roosevelt.
    • Folder x#1153.26.x
      Harper's Magazine (March 1944) Vol. 188, Ser. No. 1126. 1 item. 73 p. Note: Ghormley mentioned in article by Fletcher Pratt in article on "The Campaign for the Solomons".
    • Folder y#1153.26.y
      Our Navy At War. Official Report by Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet, and Chief of Naval Operations. Report Covering Combat Operations Up To March 1, 1944. Compliments of United States News. (Washington, D.C.: The United States News [1944]) 1 item. 30 p.
    • Folder z#1153.26.z
      Palette and Chisel, The (Dec. 1929) Vol. 6, No. 10. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Autographed "Frank Raymond" Cover includes etching by Frank Raymond.
    • Folder za#1153.26.za
      Punch Magazine (11 Oct. 1978) Vol. 275, No. 7201. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zb#1153.26.zb
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments (January 1944) No. 5. © 1944 by Stephen R. Connolly, 1st Lt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zc#1153.26.zc
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments (February 1944) No. 6. © 1944 by Stephen R. Connolly, 1st Lt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zd#1153.26.zd
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments (March 1944) No. 7. © 1944 by Stephen R. Connolly, 1st Lt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder ze#1153.26.ze
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments (April 1944) No. 8. © 1944 by Donald R. Casety, Capt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zf#1153.26.zf
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments (May 1944) No. 9. © 1944 by Donald R. Casety, Capt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zg#1153.26.zg
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments (June 1944) No. 10. © 1944 by Donald R. Casety, Capt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zh#1153.26.zh
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments July 1944) No. 11. © 1944 by Donald R. Casety, Capt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zi#1153.26.zi
      Recognition Journal. Restricted. Published by the U.S. War and Navy Departments (Sept.1944) No. 13. © 1944 by Donald R. Casety, Capt., Air Corps. 1 item. 26 p.
    • Folder zj#1153.26.zj
      Retired Officer Magazine, The (August 1992) Vol. 48, No. 8. 1 item. 36 p. Note: Ghormley mentioned in article by Eric Phillips-Beaudan on "1942: Guadalcanal."
    • Folder zk#1153.26.zk
      Shipmate Magazine: The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Monthly (August 1958) Vol. 21, No. 8. 1 item. 26 p. Note: Includes Ghormley's obituary, p. 22.
Series 8:
Oversized Materials
Subseries 1:
Newspapers & Clippings
  • Oversize Folder 26os1#1153.26os1
    • "Independent Air Service Opposed; Commander Ghormley Sees Menace in Proposal - Former Moscow Man Holds High Position in Navy," The Daily Star-Mirror, Moscow, Idaho (24 Aug. 1925), Vol. 14, No. 288. Newspaper. 1 item. 2 p.  (item #1)
    • "Phi Beta Kappa Names 25 Alumni; install Saturday; Old Grads and Two Honorary Men Are Honored By Fraternity; Initiation on June 5 . . . ." The Argonaut, University of Idaho, Moscow, (3 June 1926) Vol. 27, No. 68. Newspaper. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Ghormley's election mentioned.  (item #2)
    • "Japan Declares War Against U.S.; Hawaii Attacked Without Warning With Heavy Loss; Philippines Are Bombed, by Edward T. Folliard, The Washington Post (8 Dec. 1941) No. 23,916. Newspaper. 1 item. 10 p.  (item #3)
    • "New Struggle Opens For Solomons; U.S. Foces Repulse Jap Landings; It's Not Too Late Yet To Buy A Bond For Bob," The Daily Idahonian (7 Oct. 1942) Vol. 49, No. 284. Newspaper. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Ghormley pictured on front page; mentioned in text.  (item #4)
    • "The First Families of Erin," Washington Post (11 March 1951), p. 1 B. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Irish family names on map of Ireland.  (item #5)
    • "Roosevelt's Visit Was No Secret," by Leonard D. Ash, Honolulu Star Bulletin (4 April 1970), p. B-1. Note: Ghormley mentioned, pictured during FDR's three-day conference with Douglas MacArthur and Chester W. Nimitz, July 1944. Clipping. 1 item. 1 p.   (item #6)
Subseries 2:
Museum Objects & Photographic Prints
  • Oversize Folder 26os2#1153.26os2
    • Second Football Team, University of Idaho (1900) Photographic Print. Black & White. 12" x 10". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Glued to cardboard matte. Title of print on verso. Ghormley standing in back row at left.  (item #1)
    • Battalion of Cadet Officers, University of Idaho (1900-1901) Photographic Print. Black & White. 14" x 11". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Glued to cardboard matte. List of members on verso. Ghormley seated in first row second from right.  (item #2)
    • ? ? ? [Kappa Phi Alpha] Members, University of Idaho (1901) Photographic Print. Black & White. 17" x 12-1/2". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Glued to cardboard matte. List of members on verso. Ghormley seated in second row at right.  (item #3)
    • Lucile Ghormely Portrait (ca. 1911) Photographic Print. Sepia. 7" x 11". 1 item. 1 p.  (item #4)
    • "80-B- Operation of Gatun Locks. USS 'OHIO' entering lowest-east chamber, Looking North" ; Inset photograph shows officers on deck. (15 July 1915) Photographic print. Black & White. 8" x 10" and 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" 2 items. 1 p. Note: Both prints glued to scrapbook page.  (item #5)
    • Admiral Andrew T. Long (1866-1946) Portrait (ca. 1918) Photographic Print. Sepia. 10-1/2" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment to Adm. and Mrs. Ghormley. Ghormley served under Long on the USS NEVADA during 1917-1918 and in the Bureau of Navigation and on the General Board of the Navy in the 1920s.  (item #6)
    • William Shepherd Benson (1855-1932) Portrait (ca. 1920) Photographic Print. Black & White. 11" x 14". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment to Ghormley.  (item #7)
    • Edwin W. Denby (1870 - 1929) Portrait (1924) Photographic Print. Sepia. 11" x 14". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Denby was an American lawyer and politician who served as Secretary of the Navy in the administrations of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, 1921-1924.  (item #8)
    • Cartoon (ca. 1930s) of Naval War Games Showing U.S. Battleship and Blue Fleet at Anchor in Lax Defensive Positions at "Leba Leba Bay"; Warning Sign Reads "War Anchorage Blue Fleet: Book Agents and Spies Not Admitted Without Pass; Keep Out; Cable Crossing; Do Not Anchor." Photographic print. Sepia. 11" x 14" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #9)
    • Admiral William Veazie Pratt (1869-1957) Portrait (ca. 1930) Photographic Print. Sepia. 11" x 14". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment to Capt. Ghormley. Pratt was a teacher at Annapolis when Ghormley was a midshipman and he was Chief of Naval Operations, 1930-1933, when Ghormley was Officer in Charge of the Tactical Section of the Division of Fleet Training in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1932-1935.  (item #10)
    • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD Aerial View (ca. 1930s) Photographic Print. Black & White. 14" x 11". 1 item. 1 p.  (item #11)
    • Admiral F. H. Schofield Commander, Battle Force, U.S. Fleet and his Staff Officers (1931) Photographic Print. Black & White. 17" x 7". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed on front. Ghormley seated in front row second from right.  (item #12)
    • Robert Lee Ghormley Portrait (ca. 1932) Photographic Print. Black & White. 11" x 14". 1 item. 1 p.  (item #13)
    • Peggy Hamilton, Los Angeles, Calif. (ca. 1932) Black & White. 11" x 14" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Autographed with sentiment to Lucile Ghormley. Hamilton was a fashion jounalist and designer, who promoted "allura", a face powder, and was also involved in promoting the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1932.  (item #14)
    • Admiral A. J. Hepburn, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet and His Staff Officers (ca. 1936-1937) Photographic Print. Sepia. 14" x 11". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Ghormley served under Hepburn as Assistant Chief of Staff and Fleet Operations Officer. Ghormley is seated next to Hepburn in front row, fourth from right.  (item #15)
    • Naval War College Senior Class (1937-1938) Photographic Print. Black & White. 10-1/4" x 14-1/2". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Ghormley seated in first row second from right. Captioned on front.  (item #16)
    • Robert Lee Ghormley Portrait (ca. 1939) Photographic Print. Black & White. 17" x 23". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Brittle and fragile. Needs repair.  (item #17)
    • Three-Star Admiral's Flag Belonging to VADM Ghormley [ca. 1942] Museum Object. 1Cotton. White Stars on Blue Background. 4-1/4" x 9-1/2" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #18)
    • Artemus L. Gates Portrait (11 May 1944) Photographic Print. Black & White. 11" x 14". 1 item. 1 p. Note: Gates was Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 7 Dec. 1941 - 30 June 1945; Autographed with sentiment to Ghormley.   (item #19)
Subseries 3:
Maps, Charts & Blueprints
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    • Sugar Production in Hawaii "A Century of Progress" 1835 - 1935 (ca. 1936) Chart. Printed. 17-1/2" x 7" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Captioned "From Mr. F. Hansson" on verso.  (item #1)
    • Commanding Officers Cottage, Naval Air Station, Johnston Island, Plans, Elevations and Detail, Drawn by Lt. E. R. Peters, C.E.C. (May 1943) Blueprint. 35" x 28" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #3)
    • Map of Hawaiian Islands Arranged for Insurance Purposes to Show Origin and Routing of Sugar Cargoes, by Industrial Service Bureau, Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association, Honolulu, T.H., (Feb. 1944) Map. Printed. Color. 23-1/2" x 16-1/2" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Data compiled by C. Brewer and Company, Limited, Insurance Dept., October 1937 - Corrected to February 1944.  (item #4)
    • Map of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (Washinton, D.C.: National Geographic Magazine © March 1950) Map. Printed. Color. Scale: 1894 miles = 1". 1 item. 1 p. 28" x 31" Compiled and Drawn in the Cartographic Section of the National Geographic Society.   (item #5)
    • Guadacanal and Florida Is. with a portion of Malaita I.  (item #2)

      Map of Guadalcanal and Florida Is. With a Portion of Malaita I. From British Surveys to 1912. No. 2916. (Washington, D.C.: Hydrographic Office, May 1915, 4th edition, April 1941) Map. Printed. Scale: 1 = 217,796. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Annotated in red, green and black pencil to show landing beaches, fire support sectors and location of screening groups.

Subseries 4:
Commissions & Diplomas
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    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (7 Oct. 1902) as a Midshipman in the Navy from the 23rd day of September 1902, Signed by Secretary of the Navy Thomas H. Darling. Printed form. 9-1/2" x 15" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Certificate of Completion of the Required Course of Study with Credit (12 Feb. 1906) from the U.S. Naval Academy, Signed by Superintendent Rear Admiral James H. Sands, et. al. Printed form. 18-3/4" x 24-3/4" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Torn.  (item #2)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (17 March 1908) as a Lieutenant in the Navy from the 13th day of February 1908, Signed by President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of the Navy Turman H. Newberry. Printed form. 16" x 19-3/4" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #3)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Certificate of Graduation (19 Feb. 1908) from the U.S. Naval Academy, Signed by Superintendent Capt. Chas. J. Badger, et. al. Printed form. 16" x 21" 1 item. 1 p. Note: For graduation from two years afloat as a midshipman.  (item #4)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (22 Aug. 1911) as a Lieutenant in the Navy from the 1st day of July 1911, Signed by President William H. Taft and Acting Secretary of the Navy M. Twining. Printed form. 16" x 19-3/4" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (3 March 1913) as a Lieutenant in the Navy from the 14th day of June 1911, Signed by President William H. Taft and Secretary of the Navy George Von L. Meyer. Printed form. 16" x 19-3/4" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #6)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (30 June 1917) as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy from the 23rd day of May 1917, Signed by President Woodrow Wilson and Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. Printed form. 16" x 19-3/4" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Torn.  (item #7)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (21 January 1922) as a Commander in the Navy from the 3rd day of June 1921, Signed by President Warren G. Harding and Acting Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt [Jr.]. Printed form. 15" x 19" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #8)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (12 Nov. 1939) as a Captain in the Navy from the 11th day of October 1929, Signed by Acting Secretary of the Navy Charles F. Adams. Printed form. 16" x 19-3/4" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Torn.  (item #9)
    • Robert L. Ghormley. Commission (1 Jan. 1939) as a Rear Admiral in the Navy from the 1st day of October 1938, Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Secretary of the Navy Claude S. Swanson. Printed form. 16" x 19-3/4" 1 item. 1 p. Note: Torn.   (item #10)
Subseries 5:
British World War II Broadsides & Posters
1
Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters
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    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #23)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-9976 [ca. 1940, 1942]: woman surrounded by a sailor, marine, and airman; text reads, "Keep mum she's not so dumb! Careless talk costs lives." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Greycaine, LTD., Watford and London. Number 51-9976. 10-1/2" x 15-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #14)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-0830 [ca. 1940, 1942]: photo of a man at a bar talking to the bartender; Text says, "'You should have seen the stuff we loaded on the old Attahualpa today. She's sailing next tide - Capetown they say.' That kind of talk sinks ships- Never mention sailing dates, cargoes or destinations to anybody." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Greycaine, LTD., Watford and London. Number 51-830. 14" x 20-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #9)

      Don't Help the Enemy [ca. 1940, 1942]: British Crown followed by the text, "Don't help the enemy! Careless Talk May Give Away Vital Secrets!" Blue background. 17" x 21". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #10)

      Don't Help the Enemy [ca. 1940, 1942]: red background with a ship at top; text beneath reads, "The enemy has long ears We in Scotland must be most careful not to give away anything about H.M. Ships - where they are, where they've come from, when they're sailing, where they're going, Many of us can't help seeing and hearing - we can help repeating: above all we can keep our mouths shut in public places. Careless Talk Costs Lives and Ships." A.G.7. 15-1/2" x 20-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #11)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-0101 [ca. 1940, 1942]: soldier talking to a woman; text reads "Keep mum-she's not so dumb! Careless Talk Costs Lives." Printed for H. M. Stantionery Office by Lore and Brydom Printers, LTD., N.W. Number 51-101. 20-1/2" x 30". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #12)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-0477 [ca. 1940, 1942]: sailor talking to a woman in a pink dress; text reads, "Tell nobody - not even HER. Careless Talk Costs Lives." Printed for H.M Stationery Office by Stafford and Co., LTD., Netherfield, Nottingham. Number 51-477. 10-1/2" x 15-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #13)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-0626 [ca. 1940, 1942]: photographic print of a man climbing in a cartoon truck; text says, "I don't tell anyone where I'm going where I've been what my load is what I've seen… It's just commonsense - because Careless Talk Cost Lives!" Printed for H.M Stationery Office by Greycaine, LTD., Watford and London. Number 51-626. 10-1/2" x 15-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #15)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-2024 [ca. 1940, 1942]: photographic print of ships being bombed; text reads, "Ports are often bombed when convoys are in because somebody talked. Never mention arrivals, sailings, cargoes, or destinations to anybody." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Gilbt Whitehead and Co., LTD., New Eltham, S.E. 9. Number 51-2024. 14" x 20-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #16)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-2037 [ca. 1940, 1942]: photographic print of a man in a ship's crows nest; Text reads, "Watch your talk for his sake. Never mention arrivals, sailings, cargoes, or destinations to anybody." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Lowe and Brydom Printers, LTD., London, N.W. 10. Number 51-2037. 14-1/2" x 20-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #17)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-5666 [ca. 1940, 1942]: red crown at the top; text beneath reads, "Warning Thousands of lives were lost in the last war because valuable information was given away to the enemy through Careless talk Be on your guard." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Greycaine, LTD., Watford and London. A.G.2. Number 51-5666. 16" x 20-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #18)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-8120 [ca. 1940, 1942]: light blue background with SOS across the top; text reads, "Talk of ships or crews or harbours Idle words - Things heard or seen help the lurking submarine. Careless Talk Costs Lives and Ships." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Lowe and Brydone Printers, LTD., London, N.W. 10. Number 51-8120. 12" x 10-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #19)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-8451 [ca. 1940, 1942]: Photograph of a helmet; Text beneath says, "Keep it under your hat! Careless Talk Costs Lives." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by J. Weiner, LTD., London W.C.I. Number 51-8451. 11" x 15-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #20)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-8591 [ca. 1940, 1942]: parrot wearing a Nazi hat; text beneath reads, "Going Ashore? Be careful to whom you talk and what you say. On no account discuss the movements of ships, crews or cargoes. You are in a position of trust. The safety of men's lives-perhaps your own - may depend on how well you can keep what you know to yourself." Blue boxes beneath are the same message in Greek, German, Russian, and French languages. Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Fosh and Cross, LTD., London. Number 51-8591. 10-1/2" x 16". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #21)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-8685 [ca. 1940, 1942]: Four squares in each are men and women talking; text reads, "Telling a friend may mean telling the enemy." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by J. Weiner, LTD., London W.C.1. Number 51-8685. 10-1/2" x 16". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #22)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-8842 [ca. 1940, 1942]: man with his back turned smokes a pipe; pinned on his back is a letter that reads, "Be like Dad- Keep Mum! Careless Talk Costs Lives!" Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by J. Weiner, LTD., London W.C.1. Number 51-8842. 26" x 40". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #24)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number 51-9980 [ca. 1940, 1942]; solider talking to a woman; text reads, "Tell nobody - not even her! Careless talk costs lives." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Greycaine, LTD., Watford and London. Number 51-9980. 11" x 15". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #25)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number T51-6503 [ca. 1940, 1942]: blue background; white text, reads, "If you've news of our munitions keep it dark ships or planes or troop positions keep it dark lives are lost through conversation here's a tip for the duration when you've private information keep it dark!" Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Perry Colour Print, LTD., S.W. 15. Number T51-6503. 13" x 11". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series  (item #26)

      Don't Help the Enemy Number T51-8130 [ca. 1940, 1942] Text: "You know more than other people you are in a position of trust. Don't let the fighting forces down. A few careless words may give something away that will help the enemy and cost us lives. Above all be careful what you say to strangers and in public." Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Greycaine, LTD., Watford and London. Number T51-8130. 11" x 16". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Fosh and Cross Ship Recognition Posters  (item #27)

      Recognise Merchant Ship Types [ca. 1940, 1942]: including fishing ships, coasters and North Sea cargo ships, oil tankers, cargo liners, ocean going tugs. N.I.D. 2176/41. Poster No. 2 - Dunn. Number S.1532. (F.721). Wt. 42666. 625. 1/42 Gp. 961. Fosh and Cross, LTD. 21" x 31". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Fosh and Cross Ship Recognition Posters  (item #28)

      Recognise Small War Ships [ca. 1940, 1942]: including British Trawler, M.M.S. (British), German Minesweeper, Corvette (British), German Destroyer, British Hunt Class Destroyer, British Minesweeper, French Destroyer, British Paddle Minesweeper, and German Escort Ships. N.I.D. 2176/41. Poster No. 3 - Dunn. Number S.1531. (F. 720) Wt. 42666.625 1/42 Gp. 961. Fosh and Cross, LTD. 21" x 31". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #1)

      Careless Talk Cost Lives [ca. 1940, 1942]: two men talking overheard by two people above them; text beneath reads, "But of course it mustn't go any further!" Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #2)

      Careless Talk Costs Lives [ca. 1940,1942]: two women sitting on a bench talking overheard by two women seated behind them, one resembles Hitler; text reads, "You never know who's listening." Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #3)

      Careless Talk Costs Lives [ca. 1940, 1942]: two men in arm chairs talking and holding papers; overheard by a huge framed picture of Hitler dressed as a king; text reads "Strictly between these four walls." Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #4)

      Careless Talk Costs Lives [ca. 1940, 1942]: two soldiers talking; overheard by Hitler peering out from a window above; text reads, "Strictly between you and me…." Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #5)

      Careless Talk Costs Lives [ca. 1940, 1942]: man and woman talking over dinner; overheard by Hitler hiding under the table; text reads, "Of course there's no harm in your knowing!" Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #6)

      Careless Talk Costs Lives [ca. 1940, 1942]: man in a telephone booth talking; overheard by Hitler; text reads, "…but for Heaven's sake don't say I told you!" Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #7)

      Careless Talk Costs Lives [ca. 1940, 1942]: two men drinking at a bar; overheard by liquor bottles and taps with Hitler's face on them; text reads, "Be careful what you say and where you say it." Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

    • Careless Talk Costs Lives Posters  (item #8)

      Careless Talk Costs Lives [ca. 1940, 1942]: two women talking over tea; overheard by Hitler's face on the wallpaper behind them; text reads, "Don't forget that walls have ears." Cartoon by Fougasse. 9" x 13-1/2". 1 item. 1 p.

2
Don't Help the Enemy Poster Series
3
Fosh and Cross Ship Recognition Posters
Series 9:
Correspondence - Addition 1
  • Box 27#1153.27
    • Folder a#1153.27.a
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written 1927-1929, June 1930
    • Folder b#1153.27.b
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written July 1930
    • Folder c#1153.27.c
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written August 1930
    • Folder d#1153.27.d
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written September 1-15, 1930
    • Folder e#1153.27.e
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written September 19-30, 1930
    • Folder f#1153.27.f
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written October 1-15, 1930
  • Box 28#1153.28
    • Folder a#1153.28.a
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written October 17-31, 1930
    • Folder b#1153.28.b
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written November 1-15, 1930
    • Folder c#1153.28.c
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written November 16-30, 1930
    • Folder d#1153.28.d
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written December 1-15, 1930
    • Folder e#1153.28.e
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written December 16-31, 1930
    • Folder f#1153.28.f
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written January 1-18, 1931
  • Box 29#1153.29
    • Folder a#1153.29.a
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written January 20-31, 1931
    • Folder b#1153.29.b
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written February 1931
    • Folder c#1153.29.c
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written March 1931
    • Folder d#1153.29.d
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written April 3-14, 1931
    • Folder e#1153.29.e
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written April 16-30, 1931
    • Folder f#1153.29.f
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written May 1931
    • Folder g#1153.29.g
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written June, November 1931
  • Box 30#1153.30
    • Folder a#1153.30.a
      Correspondence written to "Bobby" Ghormley by his father Robert L. Ghormley, Sr., 1930-1931
    • Folder b#1153.30.b
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written April-June 1932
    • Folder c#1153.30.c
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written July-August 1932
    • Folder d#1153.30.d
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written March-August 1943
    • Folder e#1153.30.e
      Correspondence (mostly between Robert L. Ghormley and his wife Lucile) written September-November 1943
Series 10:
Genealogy and Family Records
  • Box 31#1153.31
    • Folder b#1153.31.b
      Family Records. Copies and Original records, some of which are notarized. Original documents include a marriage license between Lucile Lyon and Robert Ghormley, Robert Ghormley's school records, a deed of land to the Ghormleys, a religious booklet of the Ghormleys' wedding service, and photostatic copies of the Ghormley family Bible. Of the dates that are legible, the documents date to 1891-1947.
    • Folder c#1153.31.c
      Genealogical documentation related to the Ghormley, Lyon, Banks, and Beatty families. Also includes newspaper clippings re Frank L. Ghormley's retirement from the U.S. Navy, and an article summarizing reports from the First Presbyterian Church for 1895. 1896-1897, 1933-1956, undated.
Series 11:
Scrapbook/Photograph Album
  • Box 31#1153.31
    • Folder d#1153.31.d
      Family Scrapbook/ Photo Album (Part 1) printed on photographic stock paper. Predominantly 20th Century photographs of Ghormley family and destinations. Follows the naval careers of Robert L. Ghormley Sr. and Jr. Also includes a copy of a 1961 letter from Admiral Nimitz written to Robert L. Ghormley, Jr., explaining why he relieved his father from duty during WWII and replaced him with Admiral Halsey.
    • Folder e#1153.31.e
      Family Scrapbook/ Photo Album (Part 2) printed on photographic stock paper. Predominantly 19th Century photographs of Ghormleys, Lyons, and Dyers and genealogical documents. A few photographs from the 1990s and 2000s document visits with the Johnson and Fields families.
Series 12:
Photographs
  • Box 31#1153.31
    • Folder f#1153.31.f
      Small photographs of family members, London, and German. 1930-1944, undated.
    • Folder g#1153.31.g
      Large Photographs. Official Navy photographs including a photograph of Robert L. Ghormley, Sr., and others with President Roosevelt during a visit to Hawaii, and one of the USS Pennsylvania. Another photograph is of Robert and Lucile Ghormley at the dedication of the chapel to American dead based in England during World War II at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. 1951, 1956, undated.
    • Folder h#1153.31.h
      Six CD-R's of Family Photographs of the Ghormley, Dyer, Lyon and Banks families, and the London diary of Robert L. Ghormley, Sr. Two are labeled 1902-1936 and 1918-1945; two disks are labeled 7/1/2010; remaining two disks undated.
Series 13:
Journal
  • Box 31#1153.31
    • Folder i#1153.31.i
      Journal kept by Robert L. Ghormley while he commanded the destroyer USS SANDS (DD-243/APD-13) during a two-year long cruise of European waters, 1920-1922.
Series 14:
Stationery and Cards

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