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Resources for Research on the U.S. Navy: Manuscript Collections

Manuscript Collections Relating to the U.S. Navy

Charles Embry Papers:
Materials, including a ship's book, photographs, and a ship newsletter about Embry's naval service in World War II aboard the battleship Missouri at the time of the Japanese surrender, 1945 - .25 linear feet.

Settles, James W., 1913- ,
The beanery: a village named Ormsby, James W. Settle's memoirs, concerns the author's early childhood as a charge of Ormsby Village Children's home, his schooling at the Kentucky Military Institute, his naval service during World War II, and his life since that time. The memoir also documents his participation in marching bands and his wartime service as a flight inspector for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation. Settle became a dentist after World War II and settled in California.

U.S.S. Louisville Reunion Association records, 1939-1997 (bulk 1939-1943)
.25 linear feet
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The U.S.S. Louisville (CA-28) was the third of four ships to bear this name. It was launched from Puget Sound Navy Yard in Washington state in 1930 and commissioned in January 1931. She participated in several World War II naval campaigns, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf. After suffering serious damage from three separate kamikaze attacks in 1945 the ship was decommissioned in 1946. This collection includes a few copies of the shipboard newsletter and an Allied military field newspaper along with correspondence, newsletters, programs, and printed materials from the cruiser's reunion association.

Mike Ward Papers, 1994-1995
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Ward represented Kentucky's Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1997. These files concern efforts to keep the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville open, 1994-1995 - 7.5 linear feet.