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Naval Press Clippings
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by Craig R. Scott, CG
A naval district is a military and administrative command that is a part of the Shore Establishment. A naval district is responsible for military coordination, and all naval activities in the district and waters. The 13th Naval District was established in 1903. By 1942, the headquarters was in Seattle, at which time the district consisted of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the Territory of Alaska (which would become the 17th Naval District in 1944). The district was disestablished in 1980.
The press clippings relate to activities of naval personnel in the 13th Naval District and items of interest to the Public Information Department. The images are of newspaper articles taken largely from the Bremerton Sun and the Daily News Searchlight.
All of the images are of newspaper articles and many include news photos. The collection consists of articles that in some way touched on the 13th Naval District.
The sinking of the USS Liscombe Bay (CVE 56) by a Japanese submarine (I-175) on 24 November 1943 was news to the 13th Naval District. The escort carrier was built in the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company shipyard in Vancouver, Washington, between 1942 and its commissioning in August 1943. 646 officers and men died, including her commanding officer, I.D. Wiltsie, and Rear Admiral H.M. Mullinix. Among the dead was Doris Miller, the black navy steward of the USS West Virginia decorated for his the actions during Pearl Harbor.
The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was originally established in 1891 as a Naval Station and was designated Navy Yard Puget Sound in 1901. In the 1950s the Naval Shipyard was engaged in an extensive program of modernizing aircraft carriers. Image 2 is a picture of the recommissioning ceremony of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) in April 1956.
Hospital Corpsman, Second Class Kenneth D. Mains was honored as US Naval Hospital Bremerton’s “man of the month” in April 1960. He was the leading petty officer of the hospital’s admission unit. A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, he joined the Navy in 1947 and reported for duty at Bremerton in 1959. Extra liberty and dinner at a local restaurant came with the honor.
Using the collection
Also at this archives facility are photographs of many of the ships built or refit at the Naval Shipyard. Photographs from the 13th Naval District covering the period 1895-1945 are among the branch collection, as are the ship files for those vessels built or repaired in the naval district.
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Search or browse the 13th Naval District Public Information Department Press Clippings, 1942-1960 here.
These records are scanned from the National Archives microfilm publication P2012, 13th Naval District Public Information Department Press Clippings, 1942-1960. The original collection of clippings is located in Record Group 181, Records of Naval Districts and Shore Establishments at NARA-Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle), 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-7999.