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World War I Special Features
The Robert L. Dean Sr. Photo Collection

One of the most interesting parts of this project is that every once and a while, some very special images or in this case a whole collection of special images are found and shared with us for the visitors of NavSource. This is the case of this very special collection of images from the album of Robert L. Dean Sr. sent to us by his son Robert L. Dean Jr. He relates; "I am sorry the quality is so poor, but 1918 was a LONG time ago. My father died in 1981. He kept these pictures in a little brown cardboard box in his dresser drawer all those years. It seems to me there may have been other photos but these are all that is left. Dad ran away from the farm at age 17. He tried to join the navy but the enlistment officer told him he did not weigh enough to make the minimum weight requirement. Dad went down to the produce market and ate down several pounds of bananas, then rushed back to the recruiters and passed the weight limit. He served on several sub-chasers and destroyers including the USS McCook (DD-252). The largest ship he served on was the heavy cruiser USS Charleston (C-22/CA-19), as Mail Clerk in 1918. He told me of times when the weather was so rough out in the North Atlantic that the whole ship would go under water with nothing but the masts and smoke stacks sticking up. For a young farm boy, high in the crows nest standing watch, this must have been some experience."

This collection contains 15 images of ships, people and places Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

The USS Cowell (DD-167) Photo Collection

Tommy Trampp found this album of images by a crewmember of the USS Cowell (DD-167) which he shares here with you. Descriptions are limited in this collection to those actually written in the scrap book itself. It is suggested that you read the Cowell's DANFS history for this period to get an idea of where these images were taken.

This collection contains 48 images of ships, people and places Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

1920's Special Feature
The Albert Wahler Photo Collection

Images from 1921 - 1922.

This is collection of images from the album of BM2 Albert Wahler USN who served aboard the USS Ludlow (DD-112/DM-10) from 1921 to 1922. This is his personal photo collection gathered during his career. I wish to thank his son Mr. Francis Wahler, who is a himself a veteran of the US Navy serving aboard the LST-983. These images capture a rare glimpse of the Navy and Navy Life during the early 1920's along with some interesting scenes from the Territory of Hawaii.

This collection contains 37 images of ships, people and places Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

The Hobart Sampson Butcher Photo Collection

Images from 1920 - 1921.

This is collection of images from the album of CPO Hobart Sampson Butcher USN who served aboard the USS Gilmer (DD-233) from 1920 to 1921. This is his personal photo collection gathered during his career. I wish to thank his daughter Bette Butcher Topp. These images capture a rare glimpse of the Navy and Navy Life during the early 1920's along with some interesting scenes from Italy.

This collection contains 35 images of ships, people and places Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

1930's Special Features
The Ralph Fugh Photo Collection

Images from 1935 - 1936.

This is the collection of images from the album of TM3 Ralph Fugh USN who served aboard the USS Lawrence (DD-250) from 1935 to 1936. This is his personal photo collection gathered during his career. I wish to thank his son Mr. Larry K. Fugh, who is a himself a veteran of the US Navy Minesweeper force serving as an EM2. These images capture a rare glimpse of the Navy and Navy Life during the middle 1930's along with some interesting locations as they then appeared.

This collection contains 57 images of ships, people and places Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

The Stephen Urbani Photo Collection

Images from 1936 - 1942.

Amazingly a shipmate of Ralph Fugh, Stepehen Urbani, also kept a very special collection of images from his time aboard the Lawrence and afterward. His collection begins at Boot Camp in Norfolk and continues through Gyro Compass School in San Diego in 1942, from S3c to EM1c. I wish to thank his nephew, Paul Urbani, who took the time to send the collection on to us. These images, again, capture a rare glimpse of the Navy and Navy Life during the 1930's along with some interesting locations as they then appeared.

This collection contains 32 images of ships, people and places Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

World War II Special Features
The Willie Starnes Photo Collection

This is the collection of images from the album of Willie Starnes, a crewman on the USS Hyman (DD-732), from World War II to 1946. Many thanks to Jana Reid who forwarded these images to us.

This collection contains 60 images of ships, people and places Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

Orange, Texas Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility Remembrance
The Ray and Betty Simons, Joe Buya, Scott Lynch, and Lee Gault Photo Collection

Images from 1969 - 1972.

John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder assembled this collection as a remembrance of the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (ISMF) located at Orange, Texas.  It includes some of the last images of 23 different destroyers of the U.S. Navy.  If you have other images that you feel belong on this page don't hesitate to send them in.

This collection contains 26 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images


USS Butler (DD-636) and USS Gherardi (DD-637) Keel Laying/Construction/Launching
The  David Buell Photo Collection

Images from 1941 - 1942.

David Buell assembled this collection of the first 6 months in the life of the Butler and Gherardi.  If you have other images that you feel belong on this page don't hesitate to send them in.

This collection contains 47 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images


USS Semmes (DDG-18) Cook Book
The  James Tulino Collection

From 1966.

In 1966 the USS Semmes (DDG-18) won the NEY AWARD for proficiency in the operation of their Commissary Department. A Cook Book was written by their food service staff and printed aboard the USS Tidewater. It is presented here in hopes that you will see recipes that bring back fond, or maybe not, memories of those many meals aboard US Navy ships.

This collection contains 56 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images


USS Dortch (DD-670) Photo Collection
The  Clif Hunt Jr. Submission

From 1955-1956.

Clif came into possession of this collection that was photgraphed by an unknown Navy LTJG. It will convey the idea that Destroyers did not stay in port long and were always going somewhere new and exciting. If you have an idea who the photographer was please let us know,

contains 141 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images


The Ed Zajkowski Photo Collections

The Destroyer, Practical Hints on Commissioning and Shaking Down Manual

Our friend Ed Zajkowski came across this document dated February 27, 1918 which opens a window on what it was like to serve aboard a World War I Destroyer during it's initial work up. You will be amazed at the detail and depth of this publication. What follows are the scanned pages of the entire publication.
The manual contains 43 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

Bureau of Construction and Repair - War History of the Destroyer Program

Our friends C. C. Wright and Ed Zajkowski came across this document dated January 1920 which gives an overview of the Destroyer Program during World War I. What follows are the scanned pages of the entire publication.

The manual contains 66 pages Click Here To Begin Viewing The Pages

1980's Special Feature

During July 1983 Ed took a series of images of the USS Harold J. Ellison (DD-864) as she prepared for decommissioning and transfer to the Pakistani Navy. Then in October he recorded the ceremonies as the turnover was accomplished. I think those Snipes out there will really enjoy this feature.

This collection contains 52 images of the Ellison and the Decommissioning Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

A Tribute to Arleigh Burke

Ed crossed paths with Admiral Arleigh Burke both during his service with Tin Can Sailors and during the Christening and Commissioning ceremonies of the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51). This Tribute to the Admiral includes Ed's memories of those occasions and images from the Admiral's storied career as a Tin Can sailor.

This collection contains 40 images of the Burke Saga Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

The FRAM Story

FRAM was the Fleet Rehabilitation And Modernization project designed to extend the sea service life of the Destroyer Force. This page is a tribute to that project and includes images from the many ships and Shipyards that took part from the late 1950's into the early 1960's. Many thanks to Ed Zajkowski who came up with the idea and contributed over 50 images from his private collection.

This collection contains over 115 images of the FRAM Saga Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

The Field Day, Restoration and Strip Ship Trip Story

Many ex-Navy men spend a few days every year restoring and maintaining the ships in the Historic Fleet.  They are located around the country and include destroyers, cruisers, battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines, etc.  This special photo feature show the story of these Fields Days over the years aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850). Many thanks to Ed Zajkowski who came up with the idea and contributed the images from his private collection.

This collection contains 410 photos Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

The Ultimate Fate - The Scrap Yard

The ultimate fate that befalls a US Navy ship, when she is decommissioned, may be prolonged by transfer to a foreign navy, their use as a museum or even an artificial reef. However, the vast majority will sit in a Reserve Fleet or Navy Yard for many years but ultimately they will be sold to private contractors as scrap. This special photo feature shows the story of the demise of our former homes. Many thanks to Ed Zajkowski who came up with the idea and contributed and/or coordinated the acquisition of the images. Also a Bravo Zulu to Brian Kroenung who sent us the section on the scrapping of the USS Coontz (DLG-9/DDG-40).

This collection contains 264 photos Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

 Interior Views of Sumner Class Destroyers

At some time in the mid 1980's I received many reels of 35 mm microfilm.  Not having a machine to properly review them, they got put into a box and stored away.   About two years ago my curiosity awoke as to what were on those reels.  Being an amateur US Naval historian type, I quickly realized I had quite a collection of destroyer material, including hundreds of photos from the interior of  692 class DD's as built. Now I want to share these photos with other veterans, enthusiasts and the general public.  It's been a long time since the first SUMNER class destroyers were ordered to be built, August 1942.  All of the photos shown were taken approximately between January and March 1945, no way of knowing for sure.  These photos are from two SUMNER DD's, USS FRANK E. EVANS DD-754 and USS JOHN A. BOLE DD-755. 

This collection contains over 730 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

World War II Historical Documents - USS Norman Scott (DD-690)

As with any Government organization, paperwork is a primary concern. Chris Wright and Ed Zajkowski present here some of the documents that were produced during World War II by every ship. These include the Action Reports, Personnel Casualties, Battle Damage, War Diaries, TBS Radio Messages and various Endorsements by higher authority. The featured ship in this case is the USS Norman Scott (DD-690) covering 1943 until 1945.

The Action Report section contains 60 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images
The War Diary section contains 132 images Click Here To Begin Viewing These Images

Please remember every old shoe box stored in the attic could hold a potential treasure chest of history. Once thrown away these snap shots of history are lost forever. I want to thank the above named people for saving these priceless images and for the honor of allowing us to display them here.


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