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Howard Catton Gilbert in uniform, San Francisco, California [1943]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Unit of Service/Ship: Naval Armed Guard; Sea Devil (troop ship); Prowess (Liberty ship)
  • Location of Service: Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Boatswain's Mate Second Class
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/9602

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"We'd get milk when we'd get back to the States, and fresh bread, which is exciting. The \\nbread at sea on the ships was always full of the weevils." (Audio Interview, Part II - 1:19)

Growing up in Seattle in the 1930s, Howard Gilbert developed a fascination with the water and ships. Enlisting in the Navy once the U.S. entered World War II was almost a foregone conclusion. He served on a troop ship and Liberty ship in both Pacific and Atlantic. Being on the water didn't remove him from action or its consequences: he saw two ships in his convoy sunk by a German submarine, and his troop ship took on wounded from the battle for New Guinea.

Howard Catton Gilbert Collection
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About this Item

Title

  • Howard Catton Gilbert Collection

Names

  • Gilbert, Howard Catton
  • Reed, Helen
  • Park County Veterans History Project
  • Hammond, Janet B.

Home State

  • Washington (State)

Headings

  • -  Gilbert, Howard Catton
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: Naval Armed Guard; Sea Devil (troop ship); Prowess (Liberty ship)
    • Location of Service: Pacific Theater
    • Highest Rank: Boatswain's Mate Second Class
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Mixed (Multiple types of photographs) [4 items] -- Photograph (collected 1943-2002)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2002-07-11)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2006-03-22; 2006-03-22)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2006-09-30; 2006-10-05)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 2006-09-30)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/9602

Cite as

  • Howard Catton Gilbert Collection (AFC/2001/001/9602), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • online text

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Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Gilbert, Howard Catton, Helen Reed, Park County Veterans History Project, and Janet B Hammond. Howard Catton Gilbert Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09602/.

APA citation style:

Gilbert, H. C., Reed, H., Park County Veterans History Project & Hammond, J. B. (1943) Howard Catton Gilbert Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09602/.

MLA citation style:

Gilbert, Howard Catton, et al. Howard Catton Gilbert Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09602/>.