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Guide to the Vernon Keith Davisson Diary MSS.1467

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-19T13:39-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Vernon Keith Davisson Diary

Unit ID:

MSS.1467

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (1 diary)

Dates:

1943-1945

Abstract:

Diary kept by Vernon Keith Davisson of West Manchester, Ohio, while he was aboard the U.S.S. George A. Johnson, DE-583.

creator

Davisson, Vernon Keith, 1926-

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of one diary kept by Vernon Keith Davisson of West Manchester, Preble County, Ohio, while he was on the U.S.S. George A. Johnson during World War II. In the main, the diary relates the various ports of call of the U.S.S. George A. Johnson, DE-583, made in the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The entry on February 20, 1945 describes a surprise attack during a broadcast from the States. The ship was hit by a torpedo that killed 46 and wounded 16. The following day he movingly describes the burial of 49 “buddies.”

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2008

Preferred Citation:

Vernon Keith Davisson Diary, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2005

Biographical/Historical note

Vernon Keith Davisson was born in Ohio circa1926 and lived in West Manchester, Preble County, Ohio in the 1940s.

Diary Box SC0010 Folder 1467.01