I went to a sale to pick up what I thought was a photo album but turned out to be something as cool or at least I think. This folder belonged to the Radioman on board who kept all the Associated Press News wires ,all the duty sheets and some of the out going and incoming radio messages. The oil ship was involved in the Battle of Leyte and several months before was attacked and several crewmen were killed. I am posting a couple photos of the documents that reference the battle. The 1st hand account was cool to read!
The Battle of Leyte Gulf on board the USS Saranac
Posted 14 December 2017 - 05:18 PM
Posted 14 December 2017 - 07:33 PM
I think that is fantastic! Most people are not in to ephemera and to tell the truth I avoided it for years. I have found the paper groupings hold the little details that would otherwise be lost to history. Nice save!!
Posted 14 December 2017 - 08:10 PM
Thanks! I collect pretty much only photos and paper so was happy to find it.
Here is a more sad part of the lot.
On June 18th willing making a run back to Pearl Harbor to get more oil. They were attacked , all three oilers were hit and they lost 9 men on the Saranac . Here are the daily schedules for the 17th and 19th . The 18th is one of the only days missing. On the schedule for the 18th is burial at sea. Then there was two letters in an envelope marked Art Krayer. The 1st is from his fiance asking if he is alive, the 2nd is her thanking him for telling her the true.
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