Richard Norman Tetlie Collection, 1941-1949 (bulk 1943-1946)

Manuscript Collection #934

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Richard Norman Tetlie Collection
    Creator: Tetlie, Richard Norman
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: A collection of Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie’s military service records (1943-1946) and the official records of the USS New York’s lengthy service in the U.S. Navy (1914-1948). As an officer during World War II, Lt. Tetlie trained recruits at the Ship-to-Shore Division of the Fort Emory Detachment, Landing Craft School, Coronado, CA, in the fundamentals of the amphibious ship-to-shore maneuver. He then served as the USS New York’s public relations officer and official historian (1946). As a result this collection contains documents, photographs, newsletters, and newspaper clippings from the USS New York during her service.
    Extent: 4.63 Cubic feet, 11 containers, consisting of military service records, a diary, a technical journal, photographic prints and negatives, printed materials, pamphlets and brochures, newsletters, and ephemera (epaulets, cloth patch, tie pins, cufflinks, shirt studs, buckles, buttons, lapel buttons, and passes)
  • Description
     

    This collection contains records of Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie’s military service (1943-1946) in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Serving as the ship’s public relations officer and official historian (1946), Lt. Tetlie was tasked with acquiring and preserving documents relating to the USS New York’s lengthy service. As a result this collection also contains records of the USS New York’s lengthy service in the U.S. Navy (1914-1948).

    Included in Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie’s service records are documents from the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School New York, NY, including a daily newsletter (V-7 NEWSNOTES), memorandums distributed to students, a schedule of exams (1943), orders to attend amphibious training school at the Amphibious Forces Training Command, Fort Emory Detachment, Landing Craft School (1943), commissions and certificates received by Lt. Tetlie during his service (1943-1946), as well as orders and correspondence during Tetlie’s tour of service. Documents from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command Landing Craft School include daily orders and memorandums, training regimens and exams, as well as correspondence and recommendations of trainees (1944-1945). There are also documents kept by Tetlie during his time serving as a Public Information Officer (1946) including newsletters from the “Knickerbocker News”, a circular for the USS New York crew restarted by Tetlie after WWII, as well as correspondence relating to the proposed post war merger of the Navy, Army, and Air Force.

    Lt. Tetlie’s personal items include 2 Trident calendars issued by the United States Naval Academy (1941, 1943), a technical journal Tetlie used during his training at the Naval Academy (1943), a diary chronicling the last days of the USS New York's service in the Pacific before returning to the U.S. at the conclusion of the war in the Pacific (26 July – 27 August 1945), as well as poetry and sketches kept by Lt. Tetlie. Lt. Tetlie’s personal effects also contain clothing attire including an Academy brand all wool sailors cap, Naval officer’s epaulets and box, American Red Cross Life Saving Cloth Patch, and a series of assorted tie pins, cufflinks, shirt studs, buckles, buttons, lapel buttons, and passes (1945). The collection also contains a variety of training manuals and pamphlets distributed by the Navy, ranging from radio operator manuals and Morse code training to chemical warfare preparedness and weapons operation manuals. The photograph collection contains some of Richard Norman Tetlie’s personal photos during his travels (1946-1948), but consists mainly of the USS New York and her crews.

    The collection also includes a series of documents and photographs that span the course of the USS New York’s (BB-34) career, most notably both World Wars and the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Trials (1946). The USS New York collection includes documents concerning the commissioning and construction of the ship in 1914. It contains action reports from World War I as well as a register of the ships present at the surrender of the German fleet at the close of the war (1918). It includes World War II action reports from Okinawa (21 March – 5 May 1945). It also contains information released to the press including physical characteristics, ship statistics, the ship’s history, and lists of the USS New York’s crew throughout the course of its service. Also included is a collection of newspaper clippings relating to the USS New York during its return from the Pacific theater and its inclusion in the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Tests (1946).

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Richard Norman Tetlie

    Richard Norman Tetlie (27 June 1921 – 23 September 1999) was born abroad in Kikungshan, Honan, China, where his parents, Reverend Joseph Tetlie and Evelyn Louise Ytterboe, were missionaries engaged in educational work. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1943 with a Bachelor’s degree in History with proficiency in French and German. The Tetlie family had strong ties to St. Olaf College going back to the college's earliest days, when it was still St. Olaf's School. His father, Rev. Joseph Tetlie, was the college's first Rhodes Scholar and his maternal grandfather, Professor Halvor T. Ytterboe, is credited with saving St. Olaf from financial ruin during the depression of the 1890s. Tetlie was also the great-nephew of St. Olaf's first president, Thorbjorn N. Mohn.

    Richard N. Tetlie enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November of 1943 and underwent four months of training at the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School in New York, NY. After completing the program Ensign Tetlie spent one month training at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command at Fort Emory, CA. Upon completion of his training, Tetlie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (January 1944) and assigned as a Ship-to-Shore Division Officer of the Fort Emory Detachment, Landing Craft School, Coronado, CA, where he was tasked with training men in the fundamentals of the amphibious ship-to-shore maneuver (January 1944- May 1945).

    In June of 1945, Lt. Tetlie was assigned to the USS New York (BB-34) as the ship’s Newspaper Reporter, Historian, and Chief Warrant Officer (under instruction). Lt. Tetlie served aboard the USS New York until January 1946 when he was reassigned as a Public Information Officer in the Third Naval District. Lt. Tetlie was released from active duty on the 26th of August 1946.

    At the conclusion of his naval career, Lt. Tetlie became a reporter and editor at the Anniston Star in Anniston, Alabama (1946-1947). In 1948, Lt. Tetlie joined the Foreign Service of the United States where he held positions of Public Affairs Officer and Cultural Attaché and established the United States Information Service in Israel. In 1951, Lt. Tetlie joined the Department of State in the Educational Exchange Service under the Smith-Mundt Act and was responsible for educational exchange programs for foreign professors and research scholars.

    In his later years Mr. Tetlie became an art representative in charge of arranging and negotiating the deposition of works of art in private institutions and collections in the United States and abroad. He also became a collector of art and acquired paintings, sculptures, and textiles from around the world. Upon Richard Norman Tetlie’s death in 1999, Richard’s sister, Brunhild “Bunny” Tetlie Sather assisted in the donation and exhibition of Richard Tetlie’s art collection to St. Olaf College. Richard Norman Tetlie’s art collection is still currently housed at St. Olaf College. He is buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield, Minnesota.

    Link to St. Olaf’s Tetlie Collection: http://www.stolaf.edu/files/tetlie/about.html

    USS (BB-34)

    The USS New York (BB-34) was launched from the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the 15th of April 1914. She was the sixth vessel bearing the same name in the U.S. Navy. At the time of her construction, the USS New York measured 573 feet in length, displaced 27,000 tons, rated at a speed of 20.23 knots, and carried a compliment of about 1575 crew members. She bore the nickname “Christmas Ship” when in 1915 the crew decided to give a Christmas party to the orphans of New York. Because of its success, this tradition spread to many other ships in the Navy.

    On December 7, 1917, the USS New York was dispatched as the flag ship for Admiral Hugh Rodman’s American fleet sent to reinforce the British Grand Fleet in the North Sea. Serving the course of WWI in the North Sea, the USS New York participated in the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow on November 21, 1918. During the interwar years the USS New York participated in a multitude of training and escort missions that took her from the Caribbean, to Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, and across the Atlantic. Between 1926 and 1927 the USS New York underwent a full modernization at the Norfolk Navy Yard.

    Following the outbreak of WWII, the USS New York was active in the North Atlantic serving as an escort while maintaining the neutrality of the United States. When the United States declared war on December 7, 1941, the USS New York was undergoing a major overhaul at the Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1942 she participated in several Atlantic convoys and in November participated in the U.S. landings in North Africa. Throughout her service in the Atlantic, the USS New York never suffered any damage from enemy fire.

    Between July 7, 1943, and June 10, 1945, the USS New York served as a training platform for a Destroyer Escort and Main Battery Gunnery School operating in the Chesapeake Bay. In November 1945 the USS New York got underway to join the American fleet in the Pacific. While in the Pacific theater she participated in the pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima (16 February 1945) and in the invasion of Okinawa (27 March 1945). She stayed in action for 76 consecutive days following Okinawa, the longest period of any capital ship. The USS New York also participated in the pre-invasion bombardment of the beaches in front of Yontan Airfield and supported the advance of the Tenth Army and Marines throughout the course of the Pacific Campaign. On June 12th 1945, the USS New York left Okinawa and returned to Pearl Harbor to be completely regunned.

    By the time her refurbishments were complete, the Japanese surrendered and the war in the Pacific came to an end. The USS New York returned to New York City to take part in the Navy Day celebrations (27 October 1945). Following her return she was selected as a test ship in Operation Crossroads and was used in the nuclear bomb tests at Bikini Atoll (July 1946). Having survived the tests and remaining afloat, she was towed back to Pearl Harbor to undergo studies of the after effects of nuclear attacks. The USS New York was final sunk on 6 July 1948, when she was used for target practice by naval aircraft and ships.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    August 28, 2003, 4.63 cubic feet; Collection (1914-1949 [bulk: 1943-1946]) of manuscript materials, photographic prints and negatives, printed materials, pamphlets and brochures, and ephemera, relating to Richard Norman Tetlie's training and World War II service as a Lt. (j.g.) in the U. S. Navy aboard the battleship USS NEW YORK (BB-34). Tetlie was the public relations officer and was named official historian of the ship and participated in the battles against the Japanese at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Donor: Jeff Sauvé with St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Jeff Sauvé with St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

    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

    Richard Norman Tetlie Collection (#934), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Mark Custer, March 10, 2008

    Processing completed March 15, 2016, by Mateusz Polakowski.

Container List

  • Box 1
     
    U.S. Naval Reserve Documents Relating to Richard Norman Tetlie's Naval Service including his Officer’s Qualification Record Jacket along with assignments, memorandums, and notes as well as a letter written to his family dated 9 April 1945. (1942–1946)
    Correspondence and Orders of Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie during his tour of service in World War II. (1943–1946)
    Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie’s Separation of Service papers. (1946)
    Poetry and Sketches kept by Richard Norman Tetlie. (Undated)
    Documents from the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School New York, NY including a daily newsletter titled ‘V-7 NEWSNOTES’ (1943), hints to the graduating class, memorandums, schedule of exams (1943), and a manual of standard components of aircraft parts for the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation.
    Orders and Memos from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command. Landing Craft School (1945) including officer listing, daily duties, and base orders.
    Orders and Memos from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command. Landing Craft School (1945) including officer listing, daily duties, and base orders.
    Training and Exams completed at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Fort Emory Detachment including a knot tying, gunnery exam, flag hoist test, blinker receiving test, maneuvering signal test, buoy test, semaphore sending test, compass and steering test, seamanship, salvage boat training, ship to shore training, beach marker test, deck seamanship, naval leadership, international Morse code, quartermaster exams, and an outline of the syllabus. (1943–1944)
    Training and Exams completed at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Fort Emory Detachment including a knot tying, gunnery exam, flag hoist test, blinker receiving test, maneuvering signal test, buoy test, semaphore sending test, compass and steering test, seamanship, salvage boat training, ship to shore training, beach marker test, deck seamanship, naval leadership, international Morse code, quartermaster exams, and an outline of the syllabus. (1943–1944)
    Court Martial Summaries from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command Land Craft School. (February 1945)
    Correspondence and Recommendations of Trainees at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces, Training Command U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Base. (1944–1945)
  • Box 2
     
    USS New York (BB-34) General History including documents concerning commissioning, construction, summaries of naval actions, important and prestigious appointments, onboard telephone officer directory, rosters of officers (1945-1946), ship orders, and inspections. (1914–1946)
    USS New York (BB-34) Documents of actions during World War I including ships logs and the surrender of the German fleet. (1917–1918)
    USS New York (BB-34) Correspondence regarding the USS New York’s World War II service history including letters from The Sun and Newsweek. (July–September 1945)
    USS New York (BB-34) Okinawa Action Report consisting of Chronological Accounts of Action and a memo on the Lessons Learned, Conclusions, and Recommendations based on the Okinawa invasion. (21 March–5 May 1945)
    USS New York (BB-34) Visit to New York (October 1945) including pamphlets celebrating the ship’s return visit to New York, transcripts of commemorative speeches given, along with specially written music and lyrics by Eleanor Pratt Duncan.
    USS New York (BB-34) Press information consisting of publicly released data detailing physical characteristics, statistical summaries, history, action history, outstanding events, short biographies of officers, and lists of crews of the USS New York during the course of its service. (1914–1945)
    U.S. Navy. Third Naval District. Buffalo Zone Public. Information Office. Documents relating to the Naval veterans association created in Buffalo, N.Y., and specifically commemorating and preserving the USS New York. (1946)
    U.S. Navy. Third Naval District. Buffalo Zone Public. Information Office. Correspondence relating to the proposed post war merger of the Navy, Army, and Air Force including an informational pamphlet. (1946)
  • Box 3
     
    Two Trident Calendars for the United States Naval Academy: 1941 calender journal mostly unused; 1943 calendar journal contains entries for 17–19 January and 12–21 May describing nights outs and days off after graduating from the Naval Academy while waiting for assignment.
    A 1943 training notebook belonging to Richard Norman Tetlie used for study at the Naval Academy. It includes entries on: tactical definitions, lists of visual call signs, transmitting message procedure, flag hoisting and position meaning, bridge procedure and organization, receiver frequencies, a review for an exam, and requirements to the USS New York Newspaper. A personal diary belonging to Richard Norman Tetlie (26 July–27 August 1945) chronicling the last month the USS New York spent in the Pacific Theater before returning home at the conclusion of the war. Tetlie describes movies watched, organization of photos of the ship and the crew, writing newspaper articles about the USS New York, collecting and archiving historically significant documents about the USS New York, and the visit of the Archbishop of New York on 15 August 1945. The journal also included memorandums to the USS Birmingham and call signs for locations in the South Pacific.
  • Personal Photographs
     
    Richard Norman Tetlie Personal Photographs #1–42: P-934.4.a.1-2 Portrait of Richard Norman Tetlie, 1944; Tetlie at St. Peter’s, Vatican, 10 August 1949 | P-934.4.a.3-6 Portraits of Richard Norman Tetlie, 1945; #3–6 Johnny, dwarf advertising spokesmen of Philip Morris, sitting on Tetlie’s Lap, New York City, November 1945 | P-934.4.a.7-9 Richard Norman Tetlie with Captian Grayson B. Carter, 1945 | P-934.4.a.10-11 Visit of Madonna Marie Ouspenskaya and Mary Gordon to the USS New York (undated) | P-934.4.a.12-16 Visit of Madonna Marie Ouspenskaya and Mary Gordon to the USS New York (undated) (Pictures with Richard Norman Tetlie) | P-934.4.a.17-18 Richard Norman Tetlie and Charles Elliott Blackford, Colon, Panama, October 1948 | P-934.4.a.19-24 Richard Norman Tetlie’s Summer Photographs, 1949 | P-934.4.a.25-30 Richard Norman Tetlie’s Summer Photographs, 1949 | P-934.4.a.31-33 Richard Norman Tetlie and group being shown around factory (undated) | P-934.4.a.34 Group Photo from California Café, Tijuana (undated) | P-934.4.a.35-40 Lt. Michael’s Wedding Photos (undated) | P-934.4.a.41 Signed photo to Richard Norman Tetlie from John R. Bowers (undated) | P-934.4.a.42 Signed photo by Sam S. M. Danch
    Personal Photographs (Proofs and Negatives) #43–46
    Additional Photographic Documents #47–50: P-934.4.c.47 Drawing of the USS New York Silhouette for the "Knickerbocker News" (undated) | P-934.4.c.48-49 Navy propaganda images promoting strong sailors 1945 | P-934.4.c.50 Diagram of the Surrender of the German War Fleet WWI, 21 November 1918
    Ft. Emory Photographs (1944) #51–53: P-934.4.d.51 Standard Land Craft Unit #18 Turner City, Florida Islands, Solomon Islands, 6 April 1944 | P-934.4.d.52 Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie and Ens. Walt Dovern leaving Ft. Emory after 8 months there 1943 | P-934.4.d.53 Ship’s Company Officers Ft. Emory Detachment
  • USS New York Photographs (#54–265)
     
    USS New York, 1919–1945 (#54–121): P-934.5.a.54-59 USS New York under construction, 1919 | P-934.5.a.60-63 USS New York before WWII, 1919–1927 | P-934.5.a.64-66 USS New York before WWII, 1919–1927 | P-934.5.a.67 USS New York before WWII, 1919–1927 | P-934.5.a.68-69 Photos of bi-plane and another ship taken from the USS New York deck (undated) | P-934.5.a.70-72 New York skyline from the USS New York, 1942 | P-934.5.a.73-76 USS New York underway, 1938–1944 | P-934.5.a.77-79 USS New York underway 1938–1944 | P-934.5.a.80-83 USS New York underway through Panama Canal and the crew posing with on deck guns, 12 October 1948 | P-934.5.a.84-86 USS New York Live Fire Drills (undated) | P-934.5.a.87-89 USS New York Live Fire Drills (undated) | P-934.5.a.90-92 USS New York lifting a spotting plane out of the water (undated) | P-934.5.a.93 USS New York Launching Lifeboat Drill (undated) | P-934.5.a.94-96 USS New York in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.97-100 USS New York in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.101-104 USS New York in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.105-109 USS New York propellers in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.110-111 USS New York getting its anchor cleaned (undated) | P-934.5.a.112-113 USS New York Bell and Radio (undated) | P-934.5.a.114-119 USS New York Returns Home, 1945 | P-934.5.a.120-121 USS New York Returns Home, 19 October 1945
    USS New York Shipboard Life, 1944–1948 (1 of 2) (#122–177): P-934.5.b.122-124 USS New York Band | P-934.5.b.125-137 USS New York Starboard Crew including names and addresses: Boehm, E. O. Cox, Bellatto, A. L., McAlexander, E. A., Amerson, C. B. | P-934.5.b.138-148 Crew Duties onboard including cooking, cleaning the deck, laundry, and general ship maintenance, 1945 | P-934.5.b.149-151 Onboard Announcements | P-934.5.b.152-153 USS New York running live fire drills on deck guns | P-934.5.b.154-157 USS New York crews loading supplies | P-934.5.b.158-163 USS New York resupply in L.A., 1944 | P-934.5.b.164 USS New York crew during free time, Marshall Islands, relaxing after battle, 18 April 1944 | P-934.5.b.165-169 USS New York crew during free time | P-934.5.b.170-174 USS New York crew during free time | P-934.5.b.175 USS New York sailors on Canal Island | P-934.5.b.176 Movies in Dry Dock | P-934.5.b.177 USS New York Sailors in Transit
    USS New York Shipboard Life, 1944–1948 (2 of 2) (#178–240): P-934.5.c.178-180 USS New York burial at sea | P-934.5.c.181-209 USS New York returning home 1945 | P-934.5.c.210-227 Orphans Attend USS New York Christmas Party 25 December 1945 | P-934.5.c.228-240 USS New York Crossing the Line Ceremony 1948
    USS New York Ceremonies, 1942–1945 (#241–265): P-934.5.d.241-245 USS New York change of command | P-934.5.d.246-250 Luncheon in Captain Grayson B. Carter’s Cabin | P-934.5.d.251-254 USS New York parties | P-934.5.d.255-258 USS New York party at the Lamb’s Club, New York | P-934.5.d.259-260 Presentation of the sailboat ‘Figaro’ by the USS New York, 31 October 1945 | P-934.5.d.261-265 Assorted Ceremonies not associated with the USS New York, 1942–1945
  • USS New York Photographs (#266–351)
     
    Crew Portraits, 1939–1945 (#266–335): P-934.6.a.266-270 Fort Emory Ship-to-Shore Detachment graduating from Landing Craft School, August 1944 | P-934.6.a.271-273 Photos of Captain Grayson B. Carter | P-934.6.a.274 Photos of Captain Grayson B. Carter | P-934.6.a.275-277 Portraits of USS New York Officers | P-934.6.a.278-281 Portraits of USS New York Officers | P-934.6.a.282-283 USS New York Officers and enlisted men with a roster of men in photo | P-934.6.a.284-285 USS New York Officers and enlisted men who live in New York City | P-934.6.a.286-287 Photo of Lt. Keller and his spotting airplane | P-934.6.a.288-293 USS New York General Crew | P-934.6.a.294-295 USS New York General Crew | P-934.6.a.296-299 USS New York Divisions A-C | P-934.6.a.300-304 USS New York Divisions FA-H | P-934.6.a.305-310 USS New York Divisions I-V | P-934.6.a.311-316 USS New York Divisions 1-8 | P-934.6.a.317 USS New York Division S | P-934.6.a.318-322 Crew posing with new uniforms | P-934.6.a.323-328 Crew posing with new uniforms | P-934.6.a.329-333 USS New York crew disembarking after returning home, 1945 | P-934.6.a.334-335 Thomas E. Dewey, NY District Attorney writing campaign speech for GOP Presidential Nomination 1939; Thomas E. Dewey laying a wreath on the New York Monument during ceremonies, 1944
    Navy Day, 1945 (#336–351): P-934.6.b.336-343 USS New York returns home 1945 | P-934.6.b.344-351 Navy Day in New York including photos of President Harry Truman on Deck, 1945
A collection of clothing attire including an Academy brand all wool sailors cap (size 7), Naval officer’s epaulets and box (4), American Red Cross Life Saving Cloth Patch, Tetlie’s personal box of assorted tie pins, cufflinks, shirt studs, buckles, and buttons.
Assorted training manuals including: The Manual of Physical Training U.S. Army, 1914; 12th Ed Bluejackets’ Manual, 1944; Survival on Land and Sea; The Communications Officer; Telephone Talkers Manual; Manual for Practical Development of Leadership Qualities; and International Morse Code Training Aids (15). There is also a Japanese Manual captured from Kiska Island dated 16 August 1944, and the Combat Narratives of the Landings in North Africa (November 1942).
  • Box 9
     
    Assorted training pamphlets including: 2 compass rose training booklets, Bush-Wacking in the South Seas (Manual for the 7th Division), First Aid Treatment for Survivors of Disasters at Sea (1943), Booby Traps, Chemical Warfare, Gunner’s Operating Bulletin for the Gun Site Mark 14, Mary 37 Gun Director Operation manual (Parts II and III), Range Finder Operator’s Pamphlet, Instructions for Debarkation of Personnel (1944), Continuance of National Service Life Insurance, Getting back to Civilian Life, and An Officer’s Career in the Peacetime Navy.
    Infographics on ranks, designations, insignias, and proper uniforms of the U.S. Navy. (undated)
    Magazines, editorials, and bulletins including a bulletin of Maxwell Field, Alabama Headquarters S.E.A.A.F. Training Center (16p), All Hands: The Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin (2 issues, April and July 1946) focusing on the nuclear trials at Bikini Atoll, Bulletin on the History of Amphibious Training, The U.S. Navy at War: Final Official Report by Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King (1 March–1 October 1945), and Technicians’ War: A Picture Story of Naval Air Technical Training Command.
    Posters and cards advertising attractions and entertainment including: U.S. Navy Holiday cards including Thanksgiving and Christmas (1946); Documents on book-of-the-month club membership for Richard Norman Tetlie; National Art Gallery General Information; The Navy On Stage Vol. 1: sketches, radio scripts, quiz shows, one-act plays, and minstrel shows (175p); Poster for Fifi Dorsey and Her All Star MGM Entertainers (7 May); and a Song book for the USS New York with 143 songs.
  • Box 10
     
    Posters and magazines collected by Richard Norman Tetlie including: a map of the San Francisco Area for the United States Navy- 12th Naval District, Navy Plan for National Security containing speeches, charts, and spread sheets (post WWII), a poster advertising purchase of pictorial histories of ships sailors served aboard. (ca. 1945)
    The New Yorker magazine (27 October 1945), Paradise of the Pacific magazine (September 1945)
    A picture bulletin on the "Amphibious Trainee: A Pictorial history of Navy Amphibious Training." (ca. 1945)
  • Box 11
     
    "The Knickerbocker News" (newsletter) printed and distributed for the crew of USS New York. The newsletter was restated by Richard Norman Tetlie after the end of WWII and offered news updates, accounts and combat histories of crew members, accounted upcoming events, and special occasions. The newsletter includes many of the photos in Tetlie’s photograph collection and includes captions and dates with printed photos. (8 issues, September 1945–October 1945, January 1946). | "The Missourian" (newsletter) printed and distributed for the USS Missouri announcing the surrender of the Japanese fleet. (1 issue, 10 September 1945). | "The Stand By" (newsletter) distributed to the U.S. Naval Disciplinary Barracks at Terminal Island, California (1 issue, 15 September 1945, Vol. 2 No. 37). | "The Queen’s Daily News" (newsletter) printed and distributed for the USS New Mexico including an announcement of the Queen’s 27th birthday (1 issue, 20 May 1945). | "The S.E.A. Watch Newsletter" for Navy Editors providing advice, instructions, and examples for newsletter writers (1 issue, December 1945–January 1946, Vol.1 No. 6). | "The F.D.Reporter" (newsletter) provides a transcript of President Truman’s Navy Day Speech (1 issue, 1 December 1945).
    "The Ramp-Age of the Landing Craft School Amphibious Training Base" (newsletter) documenting and reporting news, current events, and base announcements (22 issues, January–July 1944).
    "The Ramp-Age of the Landing Craft School Amphibious Training Base" (newsletter) documenting and reporting news, current events, and base announcements (9 issues, October–December 1944).
    "The Ramp-Age of the Landing Craft School Amphibious Training Base" (newsletter) documenting and reporting news, current events, and base announcements (13 issues, January–May 1945).
    Newspaper clippings including articles on the commemoration of USS New York including comments by N.Y. Governor Dewey and Archbishop Spellman of N.Y. (1945), announcing the USS New York’s arrival in L.A. harbor (1945), the USS New York’s return home from the war (1945), on the USS New York’s hosting N.Y. orphans for Christmas (1945), and the decision to include the USS New York in the Bikini Atoll Nuclear trials (1946). It also includes covers of the New York Post and the New York Times magazine covering post war developments surrounding the USS New York (1945).
P-934.os1.350 Harry Truman on Deck | P-934.os1.352-353 Entire Crew in front of USS New York, 1945 | P-934.os1.354 USS New York farewell ball in Honor of Captain Grayson B. Carter Delmonico Hotel, New York, 8 January 1946

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Container List

  • Box 1
     
    U.S. Naval Reserve Documents Relating to Richard Norman Tetlie's Naval Service including his Officer’s Qualification Record Jacket along with assignments, memorandums, and notes as well as a letter written to his family dated 9 April 1945. (1942–1946)
    Correspondence and Orders of Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie during his tour of service in World War II. (1943–1946)
    Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie’s Separation of Service papers. (1946)
    Poetry and Sketches kept by Richard Norman Tetlie. (Undated)
    Documents from the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School New York, NY including a daily newsletter titled ‘V-7 NEWSNOTES’ (1943), hints to the graduating class, memorandums, schedule of exams (1943), and a manual of standard components of aircraft parts for the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation.
    Orders and Memos from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command. Landing Craft School (1945) including officer listing, daily duties, and base orders.
    Orders and Memos from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command. Landing Craft School (1945) including officer listing, daily duties, and base orders.
    Training and Exams completed at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Fort Emory Detachment including a knot tying, gunnery exam, flag hoist test, blinker receiving test, maneuvering signal test, buoy test, semaphore sending test, compass and steering test, seamanship, salvage boat training, ship to shore training, beach marker test, deck seamanship, naval leadership, international Morse code, quartermaster exams, and an outline of the syllabus. (1943–1944)
    Training and Exams completed at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Fort Emory Detachment including a knot tying, gunnery exam, flag hoist test, blinker receiving test, maneuvering signal test, buoy test, semaphore sending test, compass and steering test, seamanship, salvage boat training, ship to shore training, beach marker test, deck seamanship, naval leadership, international Morse code, quartermaster exams, and an outline of the syllabus. (1943–1944)
    Court Martial Summaries from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces Training Command Land Craft School. (February 1945)
    Correspondence and Recommendations of Trainees at the U.S. Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces, Training Command U.S. Naval Amphibious Training Base. (1944–1945)
  • Box 2
     
    USS New York (BB-34) General History including documents concerning commissioning, construction, summaries of naval actions, important and prestigious appointments, onboard telephone officer directory, rosters of officers (1945-1946), ship orders, and inspections. (1914–1946)
    USS New York (BB-34) Documents of actions during World War I including ships logs and the surrender of the German fleet. (1917–1918)
    USS New York (BB-34) Correspondence regarding the USS New York’s World War II service history including letters from The Sun and Newsweek. (July–September 1945)
    USS New York (BB-34) Okinawa Action Report consisting of Chronological Accounts of Action and a memo on the Lessons Learned, Conclusions, and Recommendations based on the Okinawa invasion. (21 March–5 May 1945)
    USS New York (BB-34) Visit to New York (October 1945) including pamphlets celebrating the ship’s return visit to New York, transcripts of commemorative speeches given, along with specially written music and lyrics by Eleanor Pratt Duncan.
    USS New York (BB-34) Press information consisting of publicly released data detailing physical characteristics, statistical summaries, history, action history, outstanding events, short biographies of officers, and lists of crews of the USS New York during the course of its service. (1914–1945)
    U.S. Navy. Third Naval District. Buffalo Zone Public. Information Office. Documents relating to the Naval veterans association created in Buffalo, N.Y., and specifically commemorating and preserving the USS New York. (1946)
    U.S. Navy. Third Naval District. Buffalo Zone Public. Information Office. Correspondence relating to the proposed post war merger of the Navy, Army, and Air Force including an informational pamphlet. (1946)
  • Box 3
     
    Two Trident Calendars for the United States Naval Academy: 1941 calender journal mostly unused; 1943 calendar journal contains entries for 17–19 January and 12–21 May describing nights outs and days off after graduating from the Naval Academy while waiting for assignment.
    A 1943 training notebook belonging to Richard Norman Tetlie used for study at the Naval Academy. It includes entries on: tactical definitions, lists of visual call signs, transmitting message procedure, flag hoisting and position meaning, bridge procedure and organization, receiver frequencies, a review for an exam, and requirements to the USS New York Newspaper. A personal diary belonging to Richard Norman Tetlie (26 July–27 August 1945) chronicling the last month the USS New York spent in the Pacific Theater before returning home at the conclusion of the war. Tetlie describes movies watched, organization of photos of the ship and the crew, writing newspaper articles about the USS New York, collecting and archiving historically significant documents about the USS New York, and the visit of the Archbishop of New York on 15 August 1945. The journal also included memorandums to the USS Birmingham and call signs for locations in the South Pacific.
  • Personal Photographs
     
    Richard Norman Tetlie Personal Photographs #1–42: P-934.4.a.1-2 Portrait of Richard Norman Tetlie, 1944; Tetlie at St. Peter’s, Vatican, 10 August 1949 | P-934.4.a.3-6 Portraits of Richard Norman Tetlie, 1945; #3–6 Johnny, dwarf advertising spokesmen of Philip Morris, sitting on Tetlie’s Lap, New York City, November 1945 | P-934.4.a.7-9 Richard Norman Tetlie with Captian Grayson B. Carter, 1945 | P-934.4.a.10-11 Visit of Madonna Marie Ouspenskaya and Mary Gordon to the USS New York (undated) | P-934.4.a.12-16 Visit of Madonna Marie Ouspenskaya and Mary Gordon to the USS New York (undated) (Pictures with Richard Norman Tetlie) | P-934.4.a.17-18 Richard Norman Tetlie and Charles Elliott Blackford, Colon, Panama, October 1948 | P-934.4.a.19-24 Richard Norman Tetlie’s Summer Photographs, 1949 | P-934.4.a.25-30 Richard Norman Tetlie’s Summer Photographs, 1949 | P-934.4.a.31-33 Richard Norman Tetlie and group being shown around factory (undated) | P-934.4.a.34 Group Photo from California Café, Tijuana (undated) | P-934.4.a.35-40 Lt. Michael’s Wedding Photos (undated) | P-934.4.a.41 Signed photo to Richard Norman Tetlie from John R. Bowers (undated) | P-934.4.a.42 Signed photo by Sam S. M. Danch
    Personal Photographs (Proofs and Negatives) #43–46
    Additional Photographic Documents #47–50: P-934.4.c.47 Drawing of the USS New York Silhouette for the "Knickerbocker News" (undated) | P-934.4.c.48-49 Navy propaganda images promoting strong sailors 1945 | P-934.4.c.50 Diagram of the Surrender of the German War Fleet WWI, 21 November 1918
    Ft. Emory Photographs (1944) #51–53: P-934.4.d.51 Standard Land Craft Unit #18 Turner City, Florida Islands, Solomon Islands, 6 April 1944 | P-934.4.d.52 Lt. Richard Norman Tetlie and Ens. Walt Dovern leaving Ft. Emory after 8 months there 1943 | P-934.4.d.53 Ship’s Company Officers Ft. Emory Detachment
  • USS New York Photographs (#54–265)
     
    USS New York, 1919–1945 (#54–121): P-934.5.a.54-59 USS New York under construction, 1919 | P-934.5.a.60-63 USS New York before WWII, 1919–1927 | P-934.5.a.64-66 USS New York before WWII, 1919–1927 | P-934.5.a.67 USS New York before WWII, 1919–1927 | P-934.5.a.68-69 Photos of bi-plane and another ship taken from the USS New York deck (undated) | P-934.5.a.70-72 New York skyline from the USS New York, 1942 | P-934.5.a.73-76 USS New York underway, 1938–1944 | P-934.5.a.77-79 USS New York underway 1938–1944 | P-934.5.a.80-83 USS New York underway through Panama Canal and the crew posing with on deck guns, 12 October 1948 | P-934.5.a.84-86 USS New York Live Fire Drills (undated) | P-934.5.a.87-89 USS New York Live Fire Drills (undated) | P-934.5.a.90-92 USS New York lifting a spotting plane out of the water (undated) | P-934.5.a.93 USS New York Launching Lifeboat Drill (undated) | P-934.5.a.94-96 USS New York in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.97-100 USS New York in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.101-104 USS New York in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.105-109 USS New York propellers in Dry Dock (Pearl Harbor), 1944 | P-934.5.a.110-111 USS New York getting its anchor cleaned (undated) | P-934.5.a.112-113 USS New York Bell and Radio (undated) | P-934.5.a.114-119 USS New York Returns Home, 1945 | P-934.5.a.120-121 USS New York Returns Home, 19 October 1945
    USS New York Shipboard Life, 1944–1948 (1 of 2) (#122–177): P-934.5.b.122-124 USS New York Band | P-934.5.b.125-137 USS New York Starboard Crew including names and addresses: Boehm, E. O. Cox, Bellatto, A. L., McAlexander, E. A., Amerson, C. B. | P-934.5.b.138-148 Crew Duties onboard including cooking, cleaning the deck, laundry, and general ship maintenance, 1945 | P-934.5.b.149-151 Onboard Announcements | P-934.5.b.152-153 USS New York running live fire drills on deck guns | P-934.5.b.154-157 USS New York crews loading supplies | P-934.5.b.158-163 USS New York resupply in L.A., 1944 | P-934.5.b.164 USS New York crew during free time, Marshall Islands, relaxing after battle, 18 April 1944 | P-934.5.b.165-169 USS New York crew during free time | P-934.5.b.170-174 USS New York crew during free time | P-934.5.b.175 USS New York sailors on Canal Island | P-934.5.b.176 Movies in Dry Dock | P-934.5.b.177 USS New York Sailors in Transit
    USS New York Shipboard Life, 1944–1948 (2 of 2) (#178–240): P-934.5.c.178-180 USS New York burial at sea | P-934.5.c.181-209 USS New York returning home 1945 | P-934.5.c.210-227 Orphans Attend USS New York Christmas Party 25 December 1945 | P-934.5.c.228-240 USS New York Crossing the Line Ceremony 1948
    USS New York Ceremonies, 1942–1945 (#241–265): P-934.5.d.241-245 USS New York change of command | P-934.5.d.246-250 Luncheon in Captain Grayson B. Carter’s Cabin | P-934.5.d.251-254 USS New York parties | P-934.5.d.255-258 USS New York party at the Lamb’s Club, New York | P-934.5.d.259-260 Presentation of the sailboat ‘Figaro’ by the USS New York, 31 October 1945 | P-934.5.d.261-265 Assorted Ceremonies not associated with the USS New York, 1942–1945
  • USS New York Photographs (#266–351)
     
    Crew Portraits, 1939–1945 (#266–335): P-934.6.a.266-270 Fort Emory Ship-to-Shore Detachment graduating from Landing Craft School, August 1944 | P-934.6.a.271-273 Photos of Captain Grayson B. Carter | P-934.6.a.274 Photos of Captain Grayson B. Carter | P-934.6.a.275-277 Portraits of USS New York Officers | P-934.6.a.278-281 Portraits of USS New York Officers | P-934.6.a.282-283 USS New York Officers and enlisted men with a roster of men in photo | P-934.6.a.284-285 USS New York Officers and enlisted men who live in New York City | P-934.6.a.286-287 Photo of Lt. Keller and his spotting airplane | P-934.6.a.288-293 USS New York General Crew | P-934.6.a.294-295 USS New York General Crew | P-934.6.a.296-299 USS New York Divisions A-C | P-934.6.a.300-304 USS New York Divisions FA-H | P-934.6.a.305-310 USS New York Divisions I-V | P-934.6.a.311-316 USS New York Divisions 1-8 | P-934.6.a.317 USS New York Division S | P-934.6.a.318-322 Crew posing with new uniforms | P-934.6.a.323-328 Crew posing with new uniforms | P-934.6.a.329-333 USS New York crew disembarking after returning home, 1945 | P-934.6.a.334-335 Thomas E. Dewey, NY District Attorney writing campaign speech for GOP Presidential Nomination 1939; Thomas E. Dewey laying a wreath on the New York Monument during ceremonies, 1944
    Navy Day, 1945 (#336–351): P-934.6.b.336-343 USS New York returns home 1945 | P-934.6.b.344-351 Navy Day in New York including photos of President Harry Truman on Deck, 1945
A collection of clothing attire including an Academy brand all wool sailors cap (size 7), Naval officer’s epaulets and box (4), American Red Cross Life Saving Cloth Patch, Tetlie’s personal box of assorted tie pins, cufflinks, shirt studs, buckles, and buttons.
Assorted training manuals including: The Manual of Physical Training U.S. Army, 1914; 12th Ed Bluejackets’ Manual, 1944; Survival on Land and Sea; The Communications Officer; Telephone Talkers Manual; Manual for Practical Development of Leadership Qualities; and International Morse Code Training Aids (15). There is also a Japanese Manual captured from Kiska Island dated 16 August 1944, and the Combat Narratives of the Landings in North Africa (November 1942).
  • Box 9
     
    Assorted training pamphlets including: 2 compass rose training booklets, Bush-Wacking in the South Seas (Manual for the 7th Division), First Aid Treatment for Survivors of Disasters at Sea (1943), Booby Traps, Chemical Warfare, Gunner’s Operating Bulletin for the Gun Site Mark 14, Mary 37 Gun Director Operation manual (Parts II and III), Range Finder Operator’s Pamphlet, Instructions for Debarkation of Personnel (1944), Continuance of National Service Life Insurance, Getting back to Civilian Life, and An Officer’s Career in the Peacetime Navy.
    Infographics on ranks, designations, insignias, and proper uniforms of the U.S. Navy. (undated)
    Magazines, editorials, and bulletins including a bulletin of Maxwell Field, Alabama Headquarters S.E.A.A.F. Training Center (16p), All Hands: The Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin (2 issues, April and July 1946) focusing on the nuclear trials at Bikini Atoll, Bulletin on the History of Amphibious Training, The U.S. Navy at War: Final Official Report by Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King (1 March–1 October 1945), and Technicians’ War: A Picture Story of Naval Air Technical Training Command.
    Posters and cards advertising attractions and entertainment including: U.S. Navy Holiday cards including Thanksgiving and Christmas (1946); Documents on book-of-the-month club membership for Richard Norman Tetlie; National Art Gallery General Information; The Navy On Stage Vol. 1: sketches, radio scripts, quiz shows, one-act plays, and minstrel shows (175p); Poster for Fifi Dorsey and Her All Star MGM Entertainers (7 May); and a Song book for the USS New York with 143 songs.
  • Box 10
     
    Posters and magazines collected by Richard Norman Tetlie including: a map of the San Francisco Area for the United States Navy- 12th Naval District, Navy Plan for National Security containing speeches, charts, and spread sheets (post WWII), a poster advertising purchase of pictorial histories of ships sailors served aboard. (ca. 1945)
    The New Yorker magazine (27 October 1945), Paradise of the Pacific magazine (September 1945)
    A picture bulletin on the "Amphibious Trainee: A Pictorial history of Navy Amphibious Training." (ca. 1945)
  • Box 11
     
    "The Knickerbocker News" (newsletter) printed and distributed for the crew of USS New York. The newsletter was restated by Richard Norman Tetlie after the end of WWII and offered news updates, accounts and combat histories of crew members, accounted upcoming events, and special occasions. The newsletter includes many of the photos in Tetlie’s photograph collection and includes captions and dates with printed photos. (8 issues, September 1945–October 1945, January 1946). | "The Missourian" (newsletter) printed and distributed for the USS Missouri announcing the surrender of the Japanese fleet. (1 issue, 10 September 1945). | "The Stand By" (newsletter) distributed to the U.S. Naval Disciplinary Barracks at Terminal Island, California (1 issue, 15 September 1945, Vol. 2 No. 37). | "The Queen’s Daily News" (newsletter) printed and distributed for the USS New Mexico including an announcement of the Queen’s 27th birthday (1 issue, 20 May 1945). | "The S.E.A. Watch Newsletter" for Navy Editors providing advice, instructions, and examples for newsletter writers (1 issue, December 1945–January 1946, Vol.1 No. 6). | "The F.D.Reporter" (newsletter) provides a transcript of President Truman’s Navy Day Speech (1 issue, 1 December 1945).
    "The Ramp-Age of the Landing Craft School Amphibious Training Base" (newsletter) documenting and reporting news, current events, and base announcements (22 issues, January–July 1944).
    "The Ramp-Age of the Landing Craft School Amphibious Training Base" (newsletter) documenting and reporting news, current events, and base announcements (9 issues, October–December 1944).
    "The Ramp-Age of the Landing Craft School Amphibious Training Base" (newsletter) documenting and reporting news, current events, and base announcements (13 issues, January–May 1945).
    Newspaper clippings including articles on the commemoration of USS New York including comments by N.Y. Governor Dewey and Archbishop Spellman of N.Y. (1945), announcing the USS New York’s arrival in L.A. harbor (1945), the USS New York’s return home from the war (1945), on the USS New York’s hosting N.Y. orphans for Christmas (1945), and the decision to include the USS New York in the Bikini Atoll Nuclear trials (1946). It also includes covers of the New York Post and the New York Times magazine covering post war developments surrounding the USS New York (1945).
P-934.os1.350 Harry Truman on Deck | P-934.os1.352-353 Entire Crew in front of USS New York, 1945 | P-934.os1.354 USS New York farewell ball in Honor of Captain Grayson B. Carter Delmonico Hotel, New York, 8 January 1946


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