Herman George Feydt Papers, 1917-1922: Finding Aid
Published in May 2010
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 405
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Herman George Feydt Papers
- Dates: 1917-1922
- Size: 2.5 linear inches (1 half-manuscript box)
- Creator: Feydt, Herman George
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: Herman George Feydt was a U.S. Naval reservist who served as a boatswain's mate in World War I and as a mail clerk after the war. The Feydt Papers detail his unsuccessful efforts to join the Ensigns Reserve Force, his activity as a mail clerk both on the Nahma and at Lafayette Radio Station in France, and his participation in civic organizations and home front morale efforts.
Biography of Herman George Feydt
A member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Force, Herman George Feydt was mobilized on June 27, 1917. He served as a Boatswain's Mate aboard the subchaser Nahma and acted as the ship's mail clerk, though he may not have been fully authorized to do so. In January of 1918 Feydt requested examination for nomination to the Ensigns Reserve Force, which would have required an 18-month training course at the U.S. Naval Academy. Though he received the commanding officer's strong recommendation and passed the Board of Medical Examiners review, he did not receive approval to attend the training.
From July 1919 through March 1920 Feydt served as mail clerk for Lafayette Radio Station, Croux d' Hins, France.
Feydt owned an automobile business in Waterbury, Connecticut and was active in civic and business organizations in Waterbury and Bridgeport, including the Rotary Club and the American Legion.
Description of Contents
The Herman George Feydt Papers, comprising 2.5 linear inches of documents, primarily spans Feydt's life from 1917 through 1922, a period in which he served aboard the Nahma and in France. It details his unsuccessful efforts to join the Ensigns Reserve Force, his activity as a mail clerk both on the Nahma and at Lafayette Radio Station in France, and his participation in civic organizations and home front morale efforts. These include Liberty Bond appeals, the Red Cross, the Rotary Club, the American Legion and the Masons.
- Series 1: OFFICAL ORDERS, 1917
- Series 2: U.S.S. NAHMA, 1917-1918
- Series 3: LAFAYETTE RADIO STATION, 1919-1920
- Series 4: AWARDS, 1919-1920
- Series 5: HOME FRONT AND MORALE, 1918-1920
- Series 6: CIVILIAN AFFILIATIONS, 1918-1922
- Series 7:CORRESPONDENCE, 1917-1920
- Series 8: FINANCIAL, 1917-1920
- Series 9: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, 1919
- Series 10: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1917-1922
Access and Use
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Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchase from Charles Apfelbaum in June 2008.
Processing and Other Information
Herman George Feydt Papers, MS 405
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
This collection was processed by Liz Coelho in May 2010. Finding aid written by Liz Coelho in May 2010.
These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Name and Subject Terms
- Feydt, Herman George
- Nahma (Armed yacht : SP-771)
- United States. Naval Reserve
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations
- World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Series 2: U.S.S. NAHMA, 1917-1918 4 foldersSeries Description
U.S.S. NAHMA consists of an article on the Nahma, copies of the poem "The Ballad of the Nahma", a bridge watchstander's instruction letter, documents concerning mail clerk authorization, and documents pertaining to Feydt's nomination to the Ensigns Reserve Force.
U.S.S. Nahma Watchstander's Instruction Letter, Mail Clerk Authorization, and Liberty Chits, 1917
Nahma bridge watchstander's instruction letter, dated November 24, 1917. Documents concerning Feydt's status as a mail clerk, dated August 1917 through March 1918. Liberty chits dated February 3, 1918 and April 18, 1918.
Ensign Reserve Force Request, Request for Examination, and Commanding Officer's Letter of Recommendation, 1918
Request by Feydt for examination for Ensigns Reserve Force, dated January 4, 1918. Command request for examination, dated February 18, 1918. Commanding Officer's recommendation, dated March 13, 1918.