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About this collection

The World War II Documents Collection contains items from various holdings that document the war in the Pacific as it was unfolding, and after the fact. Many of the records are personal accounts of events as they were experienced by individuals. Other records are official communications, sometimes urgently created as events transpired. In this collection are letters written by military and family members, diary entries of military personnel, as well as U.S. Naval Communications regarding naval actions in the Pacific. This collection includes official military communications, personal and official correspondence, reports and memos, manuscripts, and diaries. Many of the documents were created by U.S. military personnel in theater, although some documents were created by civilians who were caught in war zones or by those who remained on the Homefront.

 

Of note in this collection is an Operation Log from the Doolittle Raid taken from the USS Hornet, which gives minute by minute details of the launch.

 

This collection contains a copy of "The Gray Book" (War Plans: CINCPAC files), approximately four thousand pages of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz's communications that started in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack and ran right up until the closing days of the war.

 
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