USS Emmons Association Collection

2001–2002
Manuscript Collection #887
Creator(s)
U.S.S. Emmons Association
Physical description
0.25 Cubic Feet, 9 items , consisting of a roster of members spreadsheet, photocopy clipping, photocopy typescripts; also boxed VHS Videocassette T-120 tapes
Preferred Citation
USS Emmons Association Collection (#887), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Collection (2001–2002) of materials concerning the American destroyer USS Emmons (DD-457/DMS-22), which was the last American naval fighting ship to be commissioned prior to U.S. entry in World War II, and which sank on 5 April 1945, after being badly damaged by Japanese kamikaze attacks to the north of Okinawa. Compiled by a veterans' association, the collection includes a membership roster, historical clippings, photocopies of the association's newsletters, videotape cassettes, including 1 documenting the rediscovery of the ship's resting place, on 19 February 2001, and 2 videotapes by Japanese television network, NNN, broadcast on 1 July 2001.


Biographical/historical information

The USS EMMONS ASSOCIATION COLLECTION was compiled by an organization of veterans who had served aboard the American destroyer, USS EMMONS(DD-457/DMS-22), that served during World War II, until it sank after being damaged by kamikaze attacks during the naval battle for Okinawa on 5 April 1945.


Scope and arrangement

USS EMMONS ASSOCIATION COLLECTION consists of a membership roster, historical clippings, and photocopies of the association's newsletters; also videotape cassettes, including 1 documenting the rediscovery of the ship's resting place, on 19 February 2001, by Rich Ruth of Fathoms Dive Shop; also 2 videotapes by Japanese television network, NNN, broadcast on 1 July 2001, documenting the discovery of the wreckage and interviews with survivors and with the kamikaze pilot's family. The items are arranged in 3 series according to format:

Series 1: Membership Roster and Clippings, 2002

Series 2: Newsletters, 2001-2002

Series 3: Wreck Videotapes, 2001


Administrative information
Custodial History

September 14, 2002, 3 items, 0.25 cubic feet, 15 pages; Collection (2001–2002) of materials concerning the destroyer USS Emmons (DD-457/DMS-22), which was the last naval fighting ship commissioned prior to U.S. entry in World War II, and which sank after being badly damaged by Japanese kamikaze attacks off Okinawa on 5 April 1945, and including printed materials, clippings, video, manuscripts, and a documentary of its rediscovery on 19 February 2001, broadcast by Japanese television on 1 July 2001. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Robert Charoux, President and Edwin L. Hoffman Jr., Correspondent.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Robert Charoux, President of USS Emmons Association

Gift of Edwin L. Hoffman, Jr., Correspondent of USS Emmons Association

Processing information

Encoded by Apex Data Services, 2002; Preliminary processing & preliminary inventory by Thomas Hall (intern) 6/4/2018; Processing completed by Jonathan Dembo, 7/1/2019.

Copyright notice

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


Language of material

Japanese

Related material

Edward Baxter Billingsley Papers (#0782) East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Roster of members of USS Emmons Association (14 February 2002) Printed spreadsheet. Note: Lists 107 members; includes name, address, telephone, wife's name, email address. 1 item
Box 1 Folder b Emmons was pivotal in D-Day invasion, Navy Times (3 June 2002), p. 47. Photocopy clipping. 1 item
Box 1 Folder c Item 2 U. S. S. Emmons Newsletter, U.S. S. Emmons Association, Vol. 13, no. 2; (Summer 2001) Photocopy typescript. 1 item
Box 1 Folder c Item 3 U. S. S. Emmons Newsletter, U.S. S. Emmons Association, Vol. 13, no. 3 (December 2001) Photocopy typescript. 1 item
Box 1 Folder c Item 4 U. S. S. Emmons Newsletter, U.S. S. Emmons Association, Vol. 14, no 1 (May 2002) Photocopy typescript. 1 item
Box 1 Folder d Discovery of USS Emmons at Okinawa 2/19/2001; Memorial Service 4/6/2001; Additional Underwater footage. From Rich Ruth, Fathoms Dive Shop (19 February, 6 April 2001) VHS Videocassette T-120. 1 item. Boxed
Box 1 Folder e Nippon News Network broadcast July 1, 2001: Discovery and underwater footage of USS Emmons; interviews / survivor and family of kamikaze pilot. NNN Document (1 July 2001) VHS Videocassette T-120. 1 item. Boxed
Box 1 Folder f Nippon News Network broadcast July 1, 2001: Discovery and underwater footage of USS Emmons; interviews / survivor and family of kamikaze pilot. NNN Document (1 July 2001) VHS Videocassette T-120. Time Coded Version. 1 item. Boxed