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Collection TitleCL 98 U.S.S. Chemung PapersCreatorBooth Library
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A program detailing dates,times and activities for the USS Chemung reunion on July 29-30,1977 in Chatanooga,Tenn.Program015502
Copy of a page from "Jane's Fighting Ships" with many vessels named after river listed.Document015605
A small black and white photograph of the USS Chemung in high seas and dated January 10,1973.Photograph015701
A large black and white photograph of the USS Chemung traveling between an aircraft carrier and a destroyerPhotograph015702
A black and white photograph of the USS Chemung in a paper(Colored) Christmas frame.Photograph015801
A letter from the National Rifle Association of America,dated June 8, 1965,Washington,D.C., to Douglas Gross of the USS Chemung welcoming him as a Life Member of the NRA.Letter015802
A letter to Douglas Gross of Philo Road,Elmira from David Tanner of Sing Sing Road,Horseheads with a copy of "Tanner's Tales from the Gulf" March 1991.Letter015803
Sign,paper and ink,"Captain John V.(?) Duffy from the USS Chemung with a small medallion dated 1769-1917.Sign015901
Newspaper clipping noting the death of Captain Duffy,once commander of the USS Chemung in 1916,dated August 25,1959.Clipping016001
Aletter dated September 25,1962 from Mrs. Genevieve Taylor of West Hill Road,Elmira to H.Kelsey,County Historian,regarding Captain Duffy,commander of the original "sailing ship" Chemung.Letter016002
Xerox copy of a newspaper article from The Elmira Star Gazette,,dated December 1,1916, with a picture of the SS Chemung which was torpedoed by enemy submarine off Spain;there is also a picture of Captain Duffy and an article titled "Blockade Sank Chemung","Tanker Torpedoed Off Spain"with further details.Document016003
Notes by Harry Kelsey, with printed remarks(two Copies) about the USS Chemung regarding tankers being named after rivers with bibliographyDocument016004
A six page typed history of the USS Chemung by Harry Kelsey prepared in August 1962 to be sent to the Chemung's Commanding Officer,Captain W.M.Ousey at his requestDocument016006
An eight paged typed booklet titled "History of U.S.S.Chemung(AO-30)Life Line Of The Fleet".Original copy.Booklet016007
A letter from Captain W.M.Ousey,Commanding Officer of the U.S.S.Chemung,dated August 27,1962 requesting information on the origin of the name "Chemung". A second letter in reply from Harry Kelsey,dated September 15,1962, gives the Captain answers to his request.Letters016008
A letter dated September 25,1962 from Catain Ousey of the USS Chemung to harry Kelsey thanking him for the information regarding the oriin of the name Chemung.Letter016009
A letter dated October 6,1962 fom Harry Kelsey to Captain Ousey of the USS Chemung thanking him for the picture of the Chemung.Letter016010
A letter dated October 28,1962 from Harry Kelsey to Captain Ousey of the USS Chemung with an original newspaper clipping dated December 1,1916 regarding the sinking of what was then the "SS Chemung".Letter and Clipping016011
A letter dated "South China Seas" November 9,1962 from Walt Ousey(Capt.USS Chemung) to Harry Kelsey thanking him for the material he sent.Letter016012
Documnt dated February 23,1963 to the LIbrary of Congress from Captain Ousey,Commander of the USS Chemung enclosing a picture compilation of the USS Chemung's recent operations for review.Document016013
A brochure entitled "Welcome Aboard U.S.S.Chemung AO-30 Lifeline of the Fleet",information for people touring the ship.Brochure016101
A small black and white negative of the U.S.S.Chemung.Negative016102
A small black and white negative of the U.S.S.Chemung.Negative016102
A two page document titled "History Of Uss Chemung(AO-30)" and dated July 1950.Document016103
A four page document titled "THE MIGHTY MUNG" She holds the Speed Record for fueling at sea. By George H.Bird and daed September 1946.Document016104
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