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Claude C. Bloch Orders, 1904-1940 (bulk 1916-1940): Finding Aid

Published in August 2013

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 365
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Claude C. Bloch Orders
  • Dates: 1904-1940
  • Bulk Dates: 1916-1940
  • Size: 0.13 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 4 folders
  • Creator: Bloch, Claude Charles, 1878-1967
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Claude C. Bloch was an admiral in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1899. The Claude C. Bloch Orders span the period of 1904 through 1940 and consist of official U.S. Navy orders and notifications to Bloch spanning most of his career.

Biography of Claude C. Bloch

Admiral Claude Charles Bloch born 12 July 1878 in Woodbury, Kentucky, was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1899, who served as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet (1938-1940). A veteran of the Spanish American War, Bloch was awarded the Specially Meritorious Medal of the Spanish War. After the Spanish American War, Bloch served as a member of the China Relief Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion (1900). During the First World War, he commanded a troop transport, earning him the Navy Cross. During peacetime, Bloch held various ordnance-related posts, culminating with Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. Bloch also held significant commands within the battleship forces and commanded navy yards and districts. He served as Judge Advocate General and as a General Board member. Admiral Bloch initially retired from the U.S. Navy in 1942, but was recalled to active duty during the Second World War with a final retirement in 1946. Admiral Claude C. Bloch died 4 October 1967 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Description of Contents

The Claude C. Bloch Orders span the period of 1904 through 1940. The collection consists of official U.S. Navy orders and notifications to naval officer Claude C. Bloch spanning most of his career. During this period Bloch rose through the ranks from Lieutenant to Admiral. The orders concern duty assignments, promotions, commendations and leaves.

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The Claude C. Bloch Orders are arranged chronologically.

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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Claude C. Bloch Orders are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Gift of the U.S. Naval Institute in October 1997. Accession No. 97-62.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material pertaining to Claude C. Bloch's U.S. Navy career can be found in the Claude Charles Bloch Papers, 1926-1945, MSS 12419 ( at the Manuscripts Division, Library of Congress

Additional material pertaining to Bloch's time as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy may be found in his Conduct Record and Alumni Jacket at Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection.

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Processing and Other Information

Preferred Citation

Claude C. Bloch Orders, MS 365

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003 and edited by David D'Onofrio in August 2013.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • Bloch, Claude Charles, 1878-1967
  • United States. Navy -- Officers

Genre Terms

  • Manuscripts
  • Orders (military records)
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Claude C. Bloch Orders, 1904, 1916-1919

Box 1 Folder 2

Claude C. Bloch Orders, 1921-1926

Box 1 Folder 3

Claude C. Bloch Orders, 1927, 1929-1931

Box 1 Folder 4

Claude C. Bloch Orders, 1932-1940

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