Allan Pippin Diary, 1944-1945: Finding Aid
Published in December 2021
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 32
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Allan Pippin Diary
- Dates: 1944-1945
- Size: 0.06 linear feet
- Container Summary: 2 folders
- Creator: Pippin, Allan Alfred, 1925-
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: Allan Alfred Pippin, Jr. was an enlisted sailor in the United States during World War II. The Allan Pippin Diary spans from December 5, 1944 through May 24, 1945. The diary was kept by Pippin aboard U.S.S. Bryant (Destroyer: DD-665) while operating in Leyte (December 5-January 2), Luzon (January 2-21), Ulithi (January 23-February 10 and March 13-21), Iwo Jima (February 12-March 9), and Okinawa (March 21-April 28), as well as her return to the United States by way of Guam (April 28-May 24).
Biography of Allan Pippin
Allan Alfred Pippin, Jr. was born on September 26, 1925 in Norfolk, Virginia. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy on August 12, 1943 as a Seaman Second Class, eventually rising to the rank of Seaman First Class. Pippin was attached to U.S.S. Bryant (Destroyer: DD-665) on December 4, 1943, and served aboard her during the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Okinawa. After U.S.S. Bryant returned to San Francisco in May 1945, Pippin was transferred to U.S.S. Whitney (Destroyer tender: AD-4) on December 19, 1945 and was aboard that vessel until at least April 1946. Pippin was discharged from the United States Navy in 1946.
Description of Contents
The Allan Pippin Diary, comprising 0.06 linear feet of documentation, spans from December 5, 1944 through May 24, 1945. The diary was kept by Pippin aboard U.S.S. Bryant (Destroyer: DD-665) while operating in Leyte (December 5-January 2), Luzon (January 2-21), Ulithi (January 23-February 10 and March 13-21), Iwo Jima (February 12-March 9), and Okinawa (March 21-April 28), as well as her return to the United States by way of Guam (April 28-May 24).
Included with the diary is a single photograph.
The Pippin Diary is arranged into two folders by document type, with the entries of the diary itself arranged chronologically. The diary's entries typically note the ship's location, activities of Japanese aircraft, general quarters, and any bombardment activities undertaken. Specific events noted in the diary include rescuing men from an kamikaze attack (December 6), U.S.S. Bennion (Destroyer: DD-662) shooting down a Japanese torpedo plane (December 11), a kamikaze attack on two LST's during a convoy to Mindoro (December 22), Japanese attempts to retake Mindoro (December 26), the loss of an aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Ommaney Bay) and damage to U.S.S. Louisville to kamikaze attacks during a convoy to Luzon (January 4-6), bombarding Luzon (January 9), a suicide boat attack on U.S.S. Robinson (Destroyer: DD-562) (January 10), bombardment and landings on Iwo Jima (February 17-March 9), rescue of a downed pilot and drowning of a second (February 21), submarine contact off Okinawa (March 27-28), a thwarted kamikaze attack (March 31), landing troops on Okinawa (April 1), word of President Roosevelt's death (April 13), kamikaze attack by 22 Japanese planes and subsequent recovery/repair efforts off Okinawa (April 16-18), and rendering assistance to U.S.S. Comfort (Hospital ship: AH-6) following a bombing (April 28).
Following the chronological diary entries are two lists of addresses of fellow U.S. Navy personnel. Accompanying the diary is a single photograph of an unidentified transport ship carrying military personnel.
The Allan Pippin Diary is arranged into two folders by document type, with the entries of the diary itself arranged chronologically.
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Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts and Archives in October 2007. Accession No. 07-60.
Related Archival Material
Additional material in this repository pertaining to U.S.S. Bryant can be found in World War II Ship Action Reports, 1942-1945, MS 415.
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.
Processing and Other Information
Allan Pippin Diary, MS 32
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:
Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, January 1, 1939 - January 1, 1949. Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel RG 24, National Archives and Records Administration.
Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II. Records of the Selective Service System, 1926 - 1975 RG 147, National Archives and Records Administration.
This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in December 2021. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in December 2021.
Name and Subject Terms
- Bryant (Destroyer : DD-665)
- Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
- Pippin, Allan Alfred, 1925-
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- American