The collection contains photocopies of four war patrol reports (1942-1943) for the submarine USS
FLYING FISH with the Pacific Fleet. Detailed information covers exact dates and times, position by latitude and longitude, weather conditions, heading, speed, names and types of enemy ships, and ranges in yards. The commander's narrative discusses specific information concerning experiences in attacks, firing torpedoes, mechanical problems, sights, and sounds.
There are memoranda (1972) discussing proposed modifications to naval organizations for the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) and official reports concerning the Naval Training Device Center (1962-1964).
Miscellaneous items include a two-page biography of key events in Black's life and positions he held while in the Navy; newsletters from the USS
HUNLEY, Submarine Squadron 4, and the U.S. naval station at San Juan's officers' mess, profiling him (1965, 1974); images of the
HUNLEY picnic on July 4, 1964; and a Meritorious Service Medal certificate (1969). Also included are photocopies of maps showing plotted courses of submarine war patrols.
There are several photographs in the collection of various naval personnel, officers, and crew that served with Black. Photographs of naval vessels include the submarines: USS
FLYING FISH, USS
THORNBACK, and the submarine tender USS