Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam, 1950 (approximate): Finding Aid
Published in March 2019
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 482
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam
- Dates: 1950 (approximate)
- Size: 0.17 linear feet (13 folders)
- Creator: Kay, Howard N., 1925-1997
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: Howard N. Kay was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1948-B. The Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam, originally comprising a single loose-leaf typescript, was originally written in or around 1950. The manuscript consists of a series of anecdotes of Naval Academy midshipman life, as told through the perspective of The Log magazine's Salty Sam character.
Biography of Howard N. Kay
Howard Norman Kay, originally of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, was born on August 26, 1925, and was a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1948-B. A regular contributor to The Log while a midshipman, Kay began his career as a public information officer for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland before embarking on tours with the Amphibious Training Command, Atlantic and Naval Forces Far East, Tokyo. Duty as the Operations Officer aboard U.S.S. George K. MacKenzie (Destroyer: DD-836) followed, after which Kay commanded U.S.S. PC-1254 (Submarine chaser), and later, Mine Division 111 in Sasebo, Japan. Kay reported as Assistant Officer-in-Charge of the Navy's Journalist School in 1956, and the following year was transferred to Massawa, Ethiopia with a Mobile Training Unit assisting the Ethiopian Navy. Following his duty in Ethiopia, Kay returned to sea as the Commanding Officer of U.S.S. Esteem (Minesweeper: AM-438), after which he assumed command of the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center, Madison, Wisconsin in 1959. Kay returned to sea once again as Executive Officer, and later Commanding Officer of U.S.S. Johnston (Destroyer: DD-821), before assuming command of U.S.S. Wilhoite (Destroyer escort: DD-397). In 1965, he was attached to the office of Commander-in-Chief, Pacific as Head of the Civil-Military Affairs Section, Southeast Asia, after which he assumed command of U.S.S. Carpenter (Destroyer: DD-825). Service with the Joint Chiefs of Staff preceded his command of the Naval Officer Training Center, later the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, Rhode Island from 1973 until 1978. Howard N. Kay retired from the U.S. Navy in 1978 and died on January 9, 1997.
Description of Contents
The Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam, originally comprising a single loose-leaf typescript, was originally written in or around 1950. The manuscript consists of a series of anecdotes of Naval Academy midshipman life, as told through the perspective of The Log magazine's Salty Sam character.
Included among the manuscript are original illustrations.
The Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam is arranged into twelve chapters by topic. Following an introduction to Salty Sam and a discussion of Naval Academy slang, the manuscript proceeds with chapters devoted to topics such as plebe life, life in Bancroft Hall, conduct and discipline, academics, summer training cruises, dating, liberty and holidays, tourists and foreign visitors to the Academy, and the Army-Navy rivalry. The manuscript closes with a chapter of miscellaneous anecdotes that do not fit with any of the previously mentioned categories. Several of the chapters include poems among their anecdotes.
The Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam is arranged by chapter as listed in Kay's table of contents.
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Copyright and Permission
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Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Gift of CDR Sumner K. Moore, USN (Ret.) in May 1997. Accession No. 97-35.
Related Archival Material
Additional material pertaining to Howard N. Kay in this repository include his midshipman personnel jacket (sealed until 2040) and alumni jacket.
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.
Publications Citing These Papers
Kay's untitled manuscript was published as Tales of Salty Sam by Gateway Press in 2003.
Processing and Other Information
The Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam was foldered by chapter during processing.
Howard N. Kay Manuscript on Salty Sam, MS 482
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:
Kay, Howard Norman Alumni Jacket, RG 405, Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.
This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in March 2019. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in March 2019.
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
- Midshipmen -- Conduct of life
- United States Naval Academy -- Caricatures and cartoons
- United States Naval Academy -- Humor
- United States Naval Academy -- Midshipmen -- Cruises
- United States Naval Academy -- Poetry
- United States Naval Academy -- Social life and customs
- United States Naval Academy -- Students
- United States Naval Academy. Class of 1948