J. C. Wilson Papers, 1942-1955 (bulk 1944-1946): Finding Aid
Published in August 2019
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 510
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: J. C. Wilson Papers
- Dates: 1942-1955
- Bulk Dates: 1944-1946
- Size: 1.88 linear feet (1 half-manuscript box, 1 flat box)
- Creator: Wilson, J. C., 1924-
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: J. C. Wilson was a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy. The J. C. Wilson Papers span from 1942 to 1955, with the bulk of the material having been produced between 1944 and 1946. The Wilson Papers are the product of, and primarily focus on, Wilson's service as an enlisted sailor aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet in the Pacific during World War II.
Biography of J. C. Wilson
J. C. Wilson was born on August 29, 1924 in Dawson County, Georgia and joined the United States Navy at Naval Recruiting Station Atlanta on August 18, 1943. After initial training at Naval Training Station Great Lakes, Wilson was attached to U.S.S. Hornet (Aircraft carrier: CV-12) for the duration of World War II, seeing action at Palau, the Marianas, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Wilson was honorably discharged from the Navy at Jacksonville, Florida on March 12, 1946, having attained the rank of Seaman First Class.
Description of Contents
The J. C. Wilson Papers, comprising 1.88 linear feet of documentation, span from 1942 to 1955, with the bulk of the material having been produced between 1944 and 1946. The Wilson Papers are the product of, and primarily focus on, Wilson's service as an enlisted sailor aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet in the Pacific during World War II.
Included in the collection are certificates, clippings, pamphlets, photographs, and a scrapbook.
The centerpiece of the collection is the scrapbook compiled by Wilson regarding his service aboard U.S.S. Hornet. Consisting primarily of newspaper clippings and Navy Communiques, the scrapbook includes materials pertaining to kamikaze attacks (including those against U.S.S. Franklin (Aircraft carrier: CV-13)), Marc Mitscher, the Fast Carrier Task Force, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, air raids on Luzon, typhoon damage to the Hornet, the surrender of Germany, the invasion of Iwo Jima, U.S.S. Biloxi (Light cruiser: CL-80), U.S.S. Relief (Hospital ship: AH-1), Baka Bombs, the sinking of the battleship Yamato, the loss of U.S.S. Yorktown (Aircraft carrier: CV-5) at Midway, the fall of Mussolini, and the surrender of Japan. The scrapbook also contains the names and addresses of many of Wilson's shipmates.
The remainder of the collection consists of additional printed material pertaining to the wartime service of U.S.S. Hornet, as well as documents relating to Wilson's time in the Navy, such as photographs of Wilson and his shipmates, awards and certificates, and Wilson's discharge papers. The collection also includes a pictorial pamphlet about the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and a copy of Edward Steichen's US Navy War Photographs: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Harbor.
The J. C. Wilson Papers are arranged alphabetically by document type.
Access and Use
Access is unrestricted.
Copyright and Permission
The J. C. Wilson Papers 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.
Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Gift of Sherry Wilson Rundell in September 1999. Accession No. 99-76.
Related Archival Material
Additional material in this repository pertaining to U.S.S. Hornet (Aircraft carrier: CV-12) can be found in World War II Ship Action Reports, MS 415.
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.
Processing and Other Information
J. C. Wilson Papers, MS 510
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in August 2019. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in August 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
- Aircraft carriers -- United States
- Hornet (Aircraft carrier : CV-12)
- Kamikaze airplanes
- Wilson, J. C., 1924-
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, Japanese
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Pacific Ocean
- Clippings (information artifacts)