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A. J. VANCE. World War II Scrapbook; 1943-1944. .2 cu. ft.

Lieutenant Commander A. J. Vance, United States Naval Reserve, served on the USS Mississippi during World War II. Vance saw action in many parts of the Pacific, including the Japanese campaign against the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The USS Mississippi (BB-41), nicknamed 'Ole Miss', was a New Mexico class battleship commissioned in June of 1914 and launched in January of 1917. The Mississippi was in Iceland when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. The battleship arrived in San Francisco in January 1942 and spent the next six months on escort duty on the West Coast. From December 1942 through March 1943, the vessel operated around Pearl Harbor and the Fiji Islands. In May of that year, the Mississippi departed for the Aleutian Islands to take part in bombardment missions. After leaving the Aleutians in October, the battleship was overhauled in San Francisco. Thereafter the battle ship participated in various Pacific island battles and campaigns, primarily carrying out bombardment duties. Among these were the Gilbert Islands, Kwajalein, Tarowa, Wotje, Palau, the Anguar Islands, and the Philippine campaign. After being damaged by a kamikaze the battleship was repaired in Pearl Harbor. She then departed for the invasion of Okinawa. After the war, the ship was converted to AG 128, and later to EAG 128. The USS Mississippi was decommissioned as EAG 128 on September 17, 1956 and later sold for scrap to Bethlehem Steel. The USS Mississippi was awarded eight battle stars for service in World War II.

This collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Lt. Com. A. J. Vance during his service on the USS Mississippi. The scrapbook includes 175 black and white photographic prints of military personnel, civilians, scenery, city views, and buildings in ports in the Pacific. There are also published illustrations of action in the Aleutians; memos; telegrams; and mess tickets. The daily memos contain announcements to crewmembers including accounts of battles, casualties, and the ship's operations. The telegrams tell of Vance being invited to dinner on another ship. Also included in the collection are a xerographic copy of the scrapbook, and the original scrapbook cover. In addition, there are five black and white conservation negatives of selected images in the collection.

This collection was acquired by the archives in 2001.

KRH (8/2001)

Folder list:

1. Scrapbook; 1943-1944.
2. Loose photos; 1943-1944.
3. Telegrams; 1943.
4. Memorandum; January-August, 1943.
5. Memorandum; November; 1943.
6. Memorandum; 1944.
7. Xerographic copy of scrapbook; 1943-1944.
8. Scrapbook cover; 1943-1944.