Victor Delano Papers

1924-1986
Manuscript Collection #539
Creator(s)
Delano, Victor, 1919-2014
Physical description
8.25 Cubic Feet, 24 archival boxes and 4 oversize folders, artifacts, correspondence, ships logs, research studies, photograph albums, photographs, certificates, diplomas, medals, ribbons, clippings, publications, photocopies, newsletters, programs, and prints of drawings
Preferred Citation
Victor Delano Papers (#539), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Material documenting the life of WWII U.S. Navy Captain Victor Delano including accounts (1941-1986) of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and duty in the USS West Virginia, by Victor Delano, Pearl Harbor artifacts, correspondence, Familygrams, ships logs, research studies, photograph albums, loose photographs, certificates, diplomas, medals and ribbons, clippings, programs, and publications. Also includes two packets of drawings of Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship, H.M.S. VICTORY, 1970; and an article, entitled "TOP SECRET COMPHIBPAC OPERATIONS PLAN A11-45: The Story of the Invasion of Japan" by James Martin, ca. 1986.


Biographical/historical information

Captain Victor Delano, was born in Washington, DC, 20 December 1919. He was the son of Capt. Harvey Delano, USN(Ret), and Marcia Murdock Delano. Delano attended public schools in Wichita, KS, Washington, DC and Newport, RI. He graduated from Severn School in 1937. Delano entered U.S. Naval Academy 2 July 1937. He graduated "with distinction" (8) and was commissioned an ensign in the U. S. Navy on 7 February 1941. Delano was stationed aboard the battleship USS WEST VIRGINIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 when the Japanese attacked. In February 1942, he was assigned to the antiaircraft cruiser USS SAN JUAN (CLAA-54) and in January 1944 was transferred to the destroyer USS WEDDERBURN (DD-684). Immediately after WW II, Delano was appointed commander of the USS SHOVELER (AM-382) and of Mine Division 23. In 1946, he attended Postgraduate School at the Naval Academy and then Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned an Master of Science degree in Physics from MIT in February 1949. Delano was then assigned to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory until November 1951 where he worked on atomic weapons effects testing. He commanded the destroyer USS EVERSOLE (DD-789) 1952-53, during the Korean War. He later served on the staff, Commander Second Fleet; as executive officer, USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148); on the staff, Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet; he commanded the USS TACONIC (AGC-17); he commanded Amphibious Squadron 8 and was Chief of Staff, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. His shore assignments included Bureau of Ordnance and Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He also attended the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Captain Delano was married, 23 June 1951, to Jacqueline Stinson of Santa Fe, NM who died 30 August 1990. They had a daughter, Katherine D. Jahnig of Chevy Chase, MD and son, Harvey Delano II of Sacramento, CA, one granddaughter, Leigh Jacqueline Jahnig, and one grandson, Peter Delano Jahnig. He retired 1 December 1969.


Scope and arrangement

Series 1: Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor consists of a personal memoir of the Captain's experiences aboard the U.S.S West Virginia leading up to and during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,1941. Also included are two copies of a letter to a commanding officer detailing the events of Dec.7,1941. The second copy of the letter is has been reduced in size and is easier to read.

Series 2: Amphibious Squadron Eight consists of Familygrams from Delano, 2 June - 4 November 1965, to the crewmen and families of Amphibious Squadron. These familygrams, detail Captain Delano's Duty aboard the U.S.S Guadalcanal as well as Amphibious Squadron Eight's tour of the Caribbean and their involvement with the People-to-People and Handclasp programs. The cruise involving training for the U. S. Marines and peace-keeping service in the Dominican Republic. This sereis also includes the program from Captain Delano's change of command of the Amphibious Squadron Eight on April 22, 1965 is included as well. The series also includes three black & white photographic prints of a Battalion Landing Team, The U.S.S. Guadalcanal, and an aerial view of the US.S. Guadalcanal, U.S.S Capricornus, U.S.S Plymouth, and the U.S.S York County at sea.

Series 3: HMS VICTORY consists of two packets of reproduction drawings of Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) H.M.S Victory. These drawings show details of the outside of the H.M.S Victory and also show parts of the ships that wouldn't normally be seen by tourists to the ship. Both sets of drawings are from 1970.

Series 4: COMPHIBPAC OPERATIONS PLAN A11-45 consists of a photocopy of an article, ca. 1985, by James Davis Martin entitled "Top Secret Comphibatic Operations Plan A11-45: Story of the Invasion of Japan." This manuscript attempts to describe what would have happened during War World II had America not used atomic weapons on Japan. It has a detailed description of the fighting strategy that would have been used against the Japanese instead of Atomic Bombs.


Administrative information
Custodial History

December 7, 1987, 3 items; Accounts of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and duty in the USS WEST VIRGINIA. Donor: Capt. Victor Delano.

February 15, 1988 (addition 1), 8 items; Familygrams, Pearl Harbor report, program, and photographs. Donor: Capt. Victor Delano.

August 29, 2000 (addition 2), 2 items, 0.044 cubic feet, 44 pages; 1. "H.M.S. Victory," prints of drawings of Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship, by Christine Warburton and L. Gover, 1970. 24 items (10-1/2? 7-3/4?); 2. "TOP SECRET COMPHIBPAC OPERATIONS PLAN A11-45: The Story of the Invasion of Japan," by James Martin Davis, 1945. EYES ONLY Serial No. 0013. Photocopy. 20 p. Donor: Capt. Victor Delano, U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941 (USN ret.)

July 20, 2018 (unprocessed addition 3), 8.0 cubic feet; Addition includes correspondence (1924-1949) between Victor Delano and his parents (Harvey and Marcia Delano); Pearl Harbor artifacts, correspondence, ships logs, research studies, photograph albums, loose photographs, certificates, diplomas, medals and ribbons, clippings, and publications related to Delano's Navy career until his retirement in 1968; and personal records. Gift of Kate Delano Jahnig.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Capt. Victor Delano, U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1941 (USN ret.)

Gift of Kate Delano Jahnig

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services, March 2002

Processing completed by Spencer Tart, 4/26/2012

Finding aid and inventory revised by Jonathan Dembo, 10/22/2012

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Key terms
Personal Names
Delano, Victor, 1919-2014
Corporate Names
Victory (Man of war)
West Virginia (Battleship)
Topical
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941--Personal narratives

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1 Pearl Harbor (Part 1), by Victor Delano; account of his naval career 7 February - 7 December 1941, from his graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy to his service aboard the battleship USS WEST VIRGINIA (ca. 1965) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 6 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 2 Pearl Harbor (Part 2) by Victor Delano; account of events of 7 December 1941 aboard the battleships USS WEST VIRGINIA (ca. 1965) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 23 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 3 Ensign Victor Delano. Memorandum to Commanding Officer, via Gunnery Officer, [USS WEST VIRGINIA], Subject: Account of Events, December 7, 1941 (Part 3) (8 December 1941) Photocopy holographs. 1 item. 6 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 4 Ensign Victor Delano. Memorandum to Commanding Officer, via Gunnery Officer, [USS WEST VIRGINIA], Subject: Account of Events, December 7, 1941 (Part 3) (8 December 1941) Photocopy holographs. 1 item. 6 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 5 Familygram, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding peace keeping in the Dominican Republic, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS OKINAWA (LP 3), Project Handclasp (2 June 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 5 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 6 Familygram #2, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding peace keeping in the Dominican Republic, U. S. Marine Corps Reserve training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), Project Handclasp (13 September 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 5 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 7 Familygram #3, by Victor Delano, Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, United States Atlantic Fleet regarding Dominican Republic, Battalion Landing , First Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, U. S. Marine Corps training, USS MONROVIA (APA 31), USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA 57), USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29), USS YORK COUNTY (LST 1175), Guantanamo, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Aruba & Curacao, Dutch West Indies; (4 November 1965) Mimeograph typescripts. 1 item. 11 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 8 Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight, Amphibious Force, United States Atlantic Fleet. Change of Command Ceremony: USS OKINAWA (LPH-3), Flagship, U. S. Naval Station, Norfolk, Program (22 April 1965) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 4 p. Note: includes biographical sketches of David S. Bill, Captain, U. S. Navy (departing commander) & Victor Delano, Captain U. S. Navy (arriving commander); History of Amphibious Squadron Eight; Commanders of Amphibious Squadron Eight; list of ships in Amphibious Squadron Eight
Box 1 Folder a Item 9 Battalion Landing Team embarked in Ready Group Ships (P-539/1); USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) (P-539/3), and an aerial view of Amphibious Squadron Eight at sea, including the USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7), USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA 57), USS PLYMOUTH ROCK (LSD 29), and the USS YORK COUNTY (LST 1175) (P-539/2) (ca. 1965) Photographic prints. Black & White. 3" x 5" prints. 3 items. 3 p
Box 1 Folder b Item 1 12 Superb Drawings of parts of the Exterior of Lord Nelson's famous flagship HMS VICTORY: Main Mast and Top - Belfry - Bowsprit - Foot of Mizzen Mast - Quarter Deck and Poop Ladder - Port Gangway looking aft - Port Sheet Anchor - Entry Port - Steering Wheel - Main Shrouds - Starboard Guns. Second Series. Drawings (c) L. Glover (1970) 7" x 10" prints. 1 item. 12 p
Box 1 Folder b Item 2 12 Superb Drawings of parts of the Exterior of Lord Nelson's famous flagship HMS VICTORY: 1. Figurehead and Beakhead; 2. Port Carronade; 3. Poop Deck; 4. Upper Gun Deck; 5. Lower Gun Deck; 6. Capstan, Lower Gun Deck; 7. Tiller, Lower Gun Deck; 8. Two Stern Chasers; 9. Orlop Deck; 11. Carpenter's Walk; 12. Stern View. Drawings (c) Christine Warburton (1970) 7" x 10" prints. 1 item. 12 p
Box 1 Folder c Item 1 Top Secret Comphibatic Operations Plan A 11-45: Story of the Invasion of Japan, EYES ONLY, by James Davis Martin. Serial No. 0013. Top Secret. (ca. 1985) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 20 p. Note: Article about the U. S. plans to invade Kyushu, Japan in 1945
Box 2 Folder a Japanese Aerial Photograph of Pearl Harbor attack. Undated
Box 2 Folder b Photograph of the USS Arizona. Undated
Box 2 Folder c Victor Delano's accounts of attack on Pearl Harbor. 1943, undated
Box 2 Folder d Letter from Victor Delano onboard the USS West Virginia, November 29, 1941
Box 2 Folder e Citation for Victor Delano on his Purple Heart Award. Undated
Box 2 Folder f Commendations given to Victor Delano on his service in WWII. Undated
Box 2 Folder g Items from Victor Delano's graduation at the US Naval Academy. 1941
Box 2 Folder h Various Awards and Certifications given to Victor Delano during his naval career. 1949, 1953, 1968
Box 2 Folder i Images of the USS Taconic. Undated
Box 2 Folder j Additional testimonies of Pearl Harbor attack by Victor Delano. 2003, undated
Box 2 Folder k Articles mentioning the authenticity of the Victor Delano character in Pearl Harbor film. 2001
Box 2 Folder l The Lessons Learned: Military Preparedness 1941/1998. Attended by Victor Delano
Box 2 Folder m Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony. 2003
Box 2 Folder n Victor Delano's Twenty-Yearbook from the US Naval Academy. 1961
Box 2 Folder o Victor Delano retirement commendation by Navy Admiral T.H. Moorer. 1969
Box 2 Folder p Victor Delano's Legion of Merit Award. 1969
Box 3 Folder a Activity Log for the USS San Juan. 1942
Box 3 Folder b Scrapbook of compiled information regarding Pearl Harbor attack. Notes, clippings, state of the US Navy a year afterward, 1941-1942
Box 3 Folder c Further accounts on Pearl Harbor attack by Victor Delano. Includes article in Disabled American Veterans. 2001, undated
Box 3 Folder d Reprints of details regarding ship damages from Pearl Harbor attack. 1972, undated
Box 3 Folder e Photocopies of information from various sources regarding the Pearl Harbor attack. 2003, undated
Box 3 Folder f USS San Juan, Report of Actions, 1942-1944
Box 3 Folder g Additional photocopies of Pearl Harbor; USS West Virginia, ship damages. 2003, 2006
Box 3 Folder h Imagery regarding Pearl Harbor attacks. 2003, undated
Box 3 Folder i Newspaper Clippings regarding USS West Virginia Captain Mervyn Bennion's death during Pearl Harbor. 1942, undated
Box 3 Folder j Navy Change of Command Ceremony. 1968
Box 3 Folder k USS San Juan papers. War correspondence, activity logs, photographs, communications vocabulary, 1942-1943
Box 3 Folder l "Yank: The Army Weekly" copy. 1943
Box 3 Folder m Commander Amphibious Squadron Eight family gram. Sent by Victor Delano. 1966
Box 3 Folder n USS Taconic family gram sent by Victor Delano. Undated
Box 4 Folder a Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part One, 1942-1951
Box 4 Folder b Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Two, 1951-1954
Box 4 Folder c Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Three, 1954-1959
Box 4 Folder d Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Four, 1959-1963
Box 4 Folder e Victor Delano compiled military records and personal papers. Part Five, 1963-1968
Box 5 Folder a Professional Scientific and Engineering Manpower in Latin America. Thesis by Victor Delano. 1962
Box 5 Folder b Nuclear Shielding Studies: Properties of Various Materials Against Neutrons and Gamma Rays, by John Daces, Roger Paine, and Clark Goodman. 1949
Box 5 Folder c Nuclear Shielding Studies: Shielding Properties of the Concrete Wall of the MIT Cyclotron, by Victor Delano and Clark Goodman
Box 5 Folder d Additional loose copy of Nuclear Shielding Studies: Shielding Properties of the Concrete Wall of the MIT Cyclotron. 1950
Box 5 Folder e The Principles of War, by Rear Admiral C.R. Brown, US Naval War College. 1949
Box 5 Folder f US Naval Ships historical papers; requests made by Victor Delano. Undated
Box 6 Folder a Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies, 1924-1927
Box 6 Folder b Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies, 1928-1929
Box 6 Folder c Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies, 1930-1933
Box 6 Folder d Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1936
Box 6 Folder e Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. Includes some replies. 1937
Box 7 Folder a Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1938
Box 7 Folder b Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1939
Box 7 Folder c Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano. 1939
Box 8 Folder a Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1940
Box 8 Folder b Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1940
Box 8 Folder c Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano, 1942-1943
Box 8 Folder d Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano.1944
Box 8 Folder e Correspondence from Harvey Delano to Victor Delano. 1946
Box 9 Folder a Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1942
Box 9 Folder b Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1943
Box 9 Folder c Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1944
Box 9 Folder d Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1945
Box 10 Folder a Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946
Box 10 Folder b Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946
Box 10 Folder c Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1946
Box 11 Folder a Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1947
Box 11 Folder b Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1947
Box 11 Folder c Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1948
Box 11 Folder d Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1948
Box 12 Folder a Correspondence from Victor Delano to his parents Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949
Box 12 Folder b Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949
Box 12 Folder c Correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey Delano and Marcia Delano. 1949
Box 12 Folder d Correspondence from Victor Delano to extended family and friends, 1927-1945
Box 13 Folder a Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1945
Box 13 Folder b Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family, 1944-1945
Box 13 Folder c Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family, 1944-1945
Box 13 Folder d Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family, 1944-1945
Box 13 Folder e Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family. 1945
Box 14 Folder a Harvey Delano correspondence to his son Victor Delano, 1946-1947
Box 14 Folder b Harvey Delano correspondence to Victor Delano, 1948-1949
Box 14 Folder c Correspondence to Victor Delano from various family members. 1942
Box 14 Folder d Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1942
Box 14 Folder e Correspondence from Victor Murdock to Victor Delano. 1942
Box 15 Folder a Correspondence from Marcia Delano to her son Victor Delano. 1942
Box 15 Folder b Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1943
Box 15 Folder c Correspondence from Marcia Delano to Victor Delano. 1943
Box 15 Folder d Correspondence to Victor Delano from various family members. 1943
Box 16 Folder a Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1937
Box 16 Folder b Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1937
Box 16 Folder c Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938
Box 16 Folder d Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938
Box 16 Folder e Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938
Box 16 Folder f Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938
Box 17 Folder a Correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1938
Box 17 Folder b Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1939
Box 17 Folder c Correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, and other family while at the US Naval Academy. 1940
Box 17 Folder d Correspondence from Victor Delano while at the US Naval Academy, 1939-1941
Box 17 Folder e Various Postcards from Victor Delano to extended family. 1938
Box 18 Folder a Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940
Box 18 Folder b Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1940
Box 18 Folder c Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. 1940
Box 18 Folder d Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. 1940
Box 19 Folder a Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939
Box 19 Folder b Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939
Box 19 Folder c Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939
Box 19 Folder d Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano. 1939
Box 20 Folder a Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from his parents Harvey and Marcia Delano and extended family. Includes correspondence immediately after Pearl Harbor attacks, 1941-1942
Box 20 Folder b Additional correspondence to Victor Delano from Harvey and Marcia Delano, 1940-1942
Box 20 Folder c Victor Delano correspondence to Harvey and Marcia Delano from aboard the USS West Virginia. 1941
Box 20 Folder d Victor Delano correspondence to Harvey and Marcia Delano from aboard the USS West Virginia and other ships, 1941-1942
Box 20 Folder e Additional correspondence from Victor Delano to Harvey and Marcia Delano, 1940-1942, 1948
Box 21 Folder a Victor Delano family photographs. 1944
Box 21 Folder b Victor Delano family photographs, 1944-1945
Box 21 Folder c Captain Victor Delano at Naval Ceremony. Undated
Box 21 Folder d Photograph of the USS Wedderburn. Undated
Box 21 Folder e Capt. Victor Delano of the USS Eversole. Undated
Box 21 Folder f Funeral Notice for Victor Murdock. 1945
Box 21 Folder g The Gator, August 12, 1966
Box 21 Folder h New York Times clipping, 1945
Box 21 Folder i Change of Command notice from Victor Delano to Ebenezer Porter. 1945
Box 22 Folder a Survival on Land and Sea, 1943
Box 22 Folder b Severn School Alumni Directory, 1941-1946
Box 22 Folder c An Amphibious Anthology of Rare Hymns and Chorales. Undated
Box 22 Folder d US Naval Academy Scrapbook, 1932-1936
Box 23 Victor Delano's service medals and honors. Includes Purple Heart among others. Undated
Box 24 Scrapbook presented to Victor Delano from the USS Newport. Undated
Folder os1 World War II Naval Photograph book. Undated
Folder os2 Newsmap, October 11, 1943
Folder os3 Victor Delano Service Awards and Certifications, 1941-1968
Folder os4 USS Shoveler Crew and Cruise routes. 1949, undated