By LAC Group
Title: U.S.S. Admiral Gleaves records, 1940-1945
ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 871
Primary Creator: Admiral Gleaves (Destroyer : DD423)
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Subjects: Admiral Gleaves (Destroyer : DD423), Destroyers (Warships) -- United States., United States. Navy. Atlantic Fleet., World War, 1939-1945 -- Atlantic Ocean., World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American., World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Area -- Naval operations.
Forms of Material: Logs (records), Orders (military records)
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The collection consists of records from the U.S.S. Admiral Gleaves, the lead ship of the Gleaves-class of destroyers in the United States Navy during World War II. It was commissioned in 1940 and spent the first part of the war in the Atlantic theater on escort duty and the latter part in the Pacific on emergency duties for which she received five battle stars. The collection contains a record of orders to disbursing officers, deck log books (1945), damage control instructions for destroyers in the Unites States Atlantic Fleet (1944 September), as well as a short history of the ship.
The U.S.S. Admiral Gleaves (DD-423) was the lead ship of the Gleaves-class of destroyers in the United States Navy during World War II. The ship was named after Admiral Albert Gleaves, who is credited with improving the accuracy and precision of torpedoes. It was commissioned in 1940 and spent the first part of the war in the Atlantic theater on escort duty. When German air and land forces combined in a determined attempt to stop the landings at Anzio in 1944 January, the Admiral Gleaves was provided decisive gunfire support and antiaircraft cover. During the invasion of southern France in 1944 August, she escorted the Rangers in their initial landings, bombarded shore installations in support of the main assault, and screened heavier units of the fleet off shore. In December of 1944, she was assigned as a fire support ship near Allied positions on the Franco-Italian frontier. At the end of the war, the Admiral Gleaves went west to Saipan and Nagasaki, Japan, with the occupation forces. She distinguished herself for outstanding rescue and salvage work during the powerful typhoon which swept through the Philippine Sea. The Admiral Gleaves received five battle stars for World War II service.
Louisiana Research Collection
Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
U.S.S. Admiral Gleaves records, Manuscripts Collection 871, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Collection processed in 1993 by Sue McGrady Woodward.
Finding Aid Revision History:
Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Records],
[Box 2: Deck log books
- Box 1: Records
- Volume 1: Record of orders to disbursing officers, 1940-1945
- Volume 2: Damage Control instructions...Destroyers, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, 1944 September
- Also contains an encyclopedia description of the history of U.S.S. Gleaves.