Richard Hamilton Smith Papers

1939-1988, undated
Manuscript Collection #1171
Smith, Richard Hamilton; Killen, Harry E. (Sr.)
Physical description
0.64 Cubic Feet, 278 items
Preferred Citation
Richard Hamilton Smith Papers (#1171), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Administrative information
Custodial History

September 2, 2010, (unprocessed) 278 items, 0.64 cubic feet; Papers (1939-1988, undated) pertaining to the career of Lt. Commander Richard Hamilton Smith, USNR [b. 1917- d.1989] including a scrapbook, a binder containing orders & official correspondence, photographs, reports, correspondence, muster & crew lists, & newspaper clippings pertaining chiefly to Smith?s service aboard the net layer USS TEAK (AN-35), 1942-1943 & as commander of the destroyer escort USS THOMAS J. GARY (DE 326), 1943-1945, & especially to the successful evacuation during 7-9 September 1945 of British, Australian & American prisoners of war held by the Japanese at Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan]; also materials relating to the later history of the USS THOMAS J. GARY, 1945-1973, etc. See preliminary inventory attached. 2 boxes. 1 vol. & 52 items. 278 p. (ca. 0.64 cubic feet) Recd. 5/24/2010. Donor: Stephen Smith

Source of acquisition

Gift of Stephen Smith

Processing information

Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, September 02, 2010

Copyright notice

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

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) Scrapbook (1943–1988, undated) including clippings, correspondence, naval orders, photocopies, photographic prints, postcards, programs, Bermudan, Curacaoan, French, Italian, Japanese, Philippines currencies, etc., relating to the World War II experiences of the ship. 1 item. 41 p. Note: Filed in chronological order
Box 2 Folder a Action Report During Period 29 August - 8 September 1945, by Richard Hamilton Smith, Commanding Officers USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) (9 September 1945) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 5 p
Box 2 Folder b Clippings Related to USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) (c. 1945-1973) Photocopy. 1 item. 1 p
Box 2 Folder c COMCIRTDIV FIFTYSEVEN Newsletters (8 April & 1 May 1944) Photocopy typescript. 2 items. 8 p. Note: Published by radiomen aboard the USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) while on convoy duty off North Africa
Box 2 Folder d Correspondence relating to Prisoner of War Rescue at Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan] by USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) (7-10 September 1945) Photocopy typescript. 8 items. 8 p
Box 2 Folder e Deck Log - List of Officers of USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) (1-30 June 1945) Photocopied printed form. 1 item. 1 p
Box 2 Folder f History of USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) 1941-1945, by Harry E. Killen Sr., MOMM 2/c (ca. 1980s) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 6 p
Box 2 Folder g List of Ports Visited by USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) 1941-1945 (ca. September 1945) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 1 p
Box 2 Folder h Muster List of USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) (31 March 1945) Typescript. 1 item. 6 p
Box 2 Folder i Personal Navy Service Record Richard Hamilton Smith (15 April 1939 - 7 March 1963) Typescripts, Printed forms, Correspondence, etc. 1 item. 161 p. Note: includes records of Smith's services aboard the net laying ship USS Teak (AN-35) and the destroyer escort USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326)
Box 2 Folder k Smith, Richard Hamilton (Lt. Cmdr., USN), USS Thomas J. Gary, Manila, P.I. Letter to his Mother (Mrs. Dean C. Smith), Hollywood, Calif. (10 September 1945) Holograph. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Includes account of the Prisoner of War rescue from Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan]
Box 2 Folder l USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) Rescue of British, Australian and American Prisoners of War from Kiirun, Formosa [Taiwan] (7-8 September 1945) Photographic prints. Various sizes. 16 items. 16 p. Note: Includes views of Task Group 77.1, including escort carriers USS Block Island (CVE-106), USS Santee (CVE-27) and destroyer escorts USS Brister (DE-327) and USS Mills (DE-383)
Box 2 Folder m USS Teak (AN-35) Net laying ship officers and men (1940-1945) Photographic prints. 3" x 5" 17 items. 17 p. Note: Includes construction scenes