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Donald J. Ramsey papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSC-376

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, logbooks, publications, and other papers relating to the career of Admiral Donald J. Ramsey. Of particular interest is five night order books, four of which detail Ramsey's experience as commander of the USS Hughes during the battles of Guadalcanal and Midway in 1942.

Dates

  • 1922-1969

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Access is open to all researchers, unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in the public domain, unless otherwise noted.

Biographical note

Admiral Donald J. Ramsey (1903-1968) was a 1924 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received his law degree from George Washington University in 1939. During his early years in the Navy, he was a graduate of the Naval War College’s law correspondence course and he received torpedo instruction at the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in Narragansett Bay. Ramsey was the commanding officer of the destroyer USS Hughes and participated in the battles of Guadalcanal, Midway, and Santa Cruz. In recognition of his combat service during the Second World War, Ramsey was awarded the Navy Cross and the Silver Star.

Extent

0.83 Linear Feet (2 archival boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Admiral Donald J. Ramsey (1903-1968) was a 1924 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received his law degree from George Washington University in 1939. This collection consists of papers and order books belonging to Admiral Donald J. Ramsey detailing his service in the navy. Of particular interest are Captain’s night order books that detail Ramsey’s experience as commander of the USS Hughes during the battles of Guadalcanal and Midway in 1942.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anne Cuvelier, daughter of Admiral Ramsey (January 21, 2021)

Accruals

No accruals expected.

Processing Information

Removed rusty paper clips, re-housed entire collection into archival folders and boxes, arranged and described to current professional standards in 2022 August by Greg Bognich.

Title
Donald J. Ramsey papers, 1922-1969
Status
Dacs Finding Aid
Author
Greg Bognich
Date
2022 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Naval War College Archives Repository

Contact:
US Naval War College
686 Cushing Rd
Newport RI 02841 US