Steacy D. Hicks Diary, 1944-1946

Manuscript Collection #654

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Steacy D. Hicks Diary
    Creator: Hicks, Steacy D.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Diary (1944-1946) including detail activities, description of radio broadcast, propaganda pertaining to American casualties, views of World War II.
    Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 1 item , consisting of 25 typescript pages.
  • Description

    The collection consists of a typescript diary, with additional observations, that detail activities on board the USS CONWAY (October 13, 1944-May 2, 1946). Throughout the diary, lists of American and British ships in the vicinity of the CONWAY are listed (October 1944-March 1946, pp. 1-23). Specific shore bombardments, aerial operations, and battles in and around the Philippines Islands are described including Leyte, Lingayen, Luzon, Corregidor, Parang, and Mindanao (November 25 1944-June 7, 1945, pp. 3-14); Japanese kamikaze attacks on American ships (November 26, December 13 and 15, 1944, January 8-9, 1945, pp. 3,5,7); military actions in Borneo (June 15-July 2, 1945, pp. 14-16); and damage suffered by the light cruisers USS BIRMINGHAM (CL-42) and USS ST. LOUIS (CL-49) are detailed (November 10 and 27, 1944, pp. 2-3).

    Other topics mentioned include a description of a radio broadcast by Tokyo Rose and propaganda pertaining to American casualties (January 7, 1945, p. 7); use of peacetime honor rendering procedures by British ships in Hong Kong (October 10, 1945, p. 20); and etiquette to be followed while on liberty in Hong Kong (October 12, 1945, pp. 21-21). At the end of the typescript, Hicks includes a narrative concerning his feelings toward the CONWAY and life in the Navy during World War II.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Steacy D. Hicks was assigned to the destroyer USS CONWAY (DD-507) throughout his Navy service (October 1944-May 1946). During World War II, Hicks served as a signalman 3rd class and after the war was promoted to 2nd class status (January 1946). Hicks initially worked as a sightsetter, but was later assigned to the signal bridge.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    September 9, 1993, 25 pages; Diary of a cruise in USS CONWAY (DD-507) with additional anecdotes. Gift of Mr. Steacy D. Hicks, Falls Church, VA.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Steacy D. Hicks

    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

    Steacy D. Hicks Diary (#654), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by S. Woodley; A. Merriman, November 1999

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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