Richard Hamilton Smith Papers, 1939-1988, undated

(Manuscript Collection #1171)

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

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