Papers (1939-1959) including photographs, awards, correspondence, orders, propaganda leaflets, and miscellaneous items.
Henry Champ (b. April 26, 1918) received his naval training at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL, and was assigned to the repair ship USS MEDUSA (AR-1) as an apprentice seaman (May 1939-October 1944). Champ became certified as a fireman, storekeeper, and chief storekeeper while serving on the MEDUSA. Champ also served on the heavy cruiser USS COLUMBUS (CA-74, October 1944-August 1945); at the Navy Overseas Freight Terminal in San Francisco, CA (August 1945-July 1947); in fleet activities at Yokosuka, Japan (August 1947-December 1950); and on board the destroyer USS BRECKENRIDGE (DD-148, February 1951-June 1, 1951). He attended Service School Command in San Francisco (July 1951-March 1955) and served with the Mobile Construction Battalion in Guam (March 1955-June 1957. Champ then served with the Bremerton Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet, in Bremerton, WA, until his retirement (March 1959).
Correspondence consists of orders, a letter, and a telegram that informs the receiver of Champ's safety following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The bulk of the collection contains photographs and includes battleships USS ARIZONA (BB-39) and USS OKLAHOMA (BB-37), and destroyer USS DOWNES (DD-375) after the Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941). Also included are photographs of Ford Island and Battleship Row during the attack, Japanese prisoners of war, landing seaplanes, officers and crew of the MEDUSA, and German pocket battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE at sea and sunken.
Miscellaneous items include programs and menus from holiday celebrations on board the MEDUSA, propaganda leaflets dropped by the Japanese on U.S. service men, occupation money issued to the U.S. military, an armistice ticket for Japanese surrender, "safe conduct passes" issued by General Douglas MacArthur, and other memorabilia.
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