Naval Academy materials (1921-1925) constitute the most interesting portion of the collection. The scrapbook Johns assembled while a student at the academy contains clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and miscellany pertaining to the Annapolis campus, football games, social functions, and activities of Johns and his fellow midshipmen.
For further details about his career, see transcript and fitness reports in folder 410.1.d.
Of particular interest are photographs related to a 1923 practice cruise. They include views of the USS
NORTH DAKOTA; Panama, the Panama Canal, and Gatun Lake; St. Thomas; Culebra Island, Puerto Rico; Halifax; Greenock, Glasgow, Edinburg, Scotland; Cadiz, Spain; Copenhagen; Gibraltar; London; Paris; and Ostend, Antwerp, and Flanders, Belgium. Photographs of Gothenburg, Sweden, depict many aspects of the World's Exposition of 1923. A file of academy miscellany includes a speech by Henry B. Wilson (Feb., 1925), programs of various functions (1924-1925), and a roster of members of the classes of 1909 to 1930.
Orders, reports, and memorandums dated 1925 through 1955 primarily concern Johns's various assignments and the high quality of service he rendered. Noteworthy items discuss a court of inquiry dealing with the grounding of the USS
S-38 near Saddle Island (July, 1928), structural defects of the USS
BONITA (Apr., 1937), effective training methods used by Johns off the Perlas Islands (Feb., 1945), the sale of submarines to Turkey (Dec., 1947), and the Office of Priorities and Controls of the Munitions Board ([May, 1952?]).
The collection contains photographs and printed material concerning the construction, launching, and service of three submarines: USS
CUTTLEFISH; and USS
SEADRAGON. Among the photographs in the
SEADRAGON file is a view of President Franklin Roosevelt studying developments of "Fleet Problem Twenty" (1939). A scrapbook (1939-1940) contains clippings and correspondence concerning the
SEADRAGON and Johns's command of it.
Also included in the collection are several files of photographs. Miscellaneous Navy-related photographs depict Johns, the USS
DASHIELL (1952), the USS
DORTCH (1952), the change of command aboard the USS
CAPERTON (undated), the laying of the keel of the USS
TARPON (1933), Chester W. Nimitz (1943), and Maurice Edwin Curts (1950). Personal photographs show Johns, members of his family, and his home. Commercial photographs of China depict the Temple of Heaven and the Winter Palace. Commercial photographs of World War I include views of airplanes, dead German soldiers, weapons, trenches, and battle scenes.
Additional files contain Johns's transcripts and fitness reports (1942-1955), his awards and certificates, photostatic copies of charts concerning submarine training in Panama (undated), and routine correspondence (1921-1944).
Personal material includes Johns's high school grade reports and genealogical notes concerning the Lober and Reynolds families.
A folder of miscellany includes a roster of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet and Station (1941) and printed material concerning the Navy.
A mimeographed book,
The Diary of a Big-Game Hunter with Gun and Camera in Indo-China, concerns the hunting expedition (1937) of Dr. Clarence E. Fronk, a friend of Johns. Fronk describes his voyage to Manila aboard the freighter
STEEL MARINER and the people, countryside, and wildlife in and around Saigon, Vietnam. He also describes big-game hunting techniques.