Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Unit of Service: USS Salem (CL 3); USS Roanoke
  • Location of Service: Scotland; Atlantic Ocean
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

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"The laying of this barrage has been the biggest thing the Navy has done, and the only offensive operation." (Letter to Parents, 11/19/1918)

A Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy, Lucius Byron Nash served aboard the USS Roanoke, a minelayer responsible for distributing mines across the North Sea to deter German U-boats from attacking the Atlantic shipping lanes. As he describes in his letters home, it was often a dirty, grueling job, demanding twelve-hour shifts spent on deck in the pouring rain. Luckily, he was able to break the monotony by taking shore leave in London and Scotland. His correspondence, along with the accompanying photographs of the Roanoke loaded with mines, offers a peek into the role of the Navy in World War I, an often-verlooked aspect of the war.

[ Photo Album ]

More Resources

[ Certificate promoting Lucius B. Nash to Lt. Junior Grade. [11/9/1918] ]
[ Letter of recommendation for Nash from Assistant paymaster J.R. Frawley to Captain J.P. Parker [12/1/1917] ]
[ Letter of certification of Navy service ]
[ Official document certifying Nash's acceptance of the office of Ensign in the U.S.N.R. ]
[ Official letter providing Nash his active duty assignment [12/28/1917] ]
[ Letter to Captain C.D. Stearns requesting assignment to the U.S.S. Roanoke ]

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[ Letter to Professor J.D. Phillips [2/19/1918] ]
[ Letter from C.D. Stearns concerning posting of men to the U.S.S. Roanoke [2/26/1918] ]
[ Orders for Lucius B. Nash [3/2/1918] ]
[ Letter to Mr. Knowlton [6/11/1918] ]
[ Special Emergency Ration Coupon book ]
[ Instructions "in case of heavy fog drop" ]
[ Undated, handwritten note by C.D. Stearns with typed transcript ]
[ Typewritten orders from C.D. Stearns [7/17/1918] ]
[ Memo from R.R. Belknap [7/22/1918] ]
[ Memo from C.D. Stearns, Captain of the U.S.S. Roanoke [7/31/1918] ]
[ Orders transferring Nash to the Naval Reserve [8/7/1918] ]
[ Request for five days' leave [8/28/1918] ]
[ Memo concerning experimental sweeping in North Sea [9/20/1918] ]
[ Memo in which the Commander Mine Force congratulates his men for a job well done [9/22/1918] ]
[ Memo, provisional assignment of grade for L.B. Nash [11/9/1918] ]
[ Letter to Captain Belknap from H.R. Godfrey [11/13/1918] ]
[ Letter to Captain Godfrey from R.R. Belknap [11/15/1918] ]
[ Letter from C.D. Stearns to Ensign Lucius Nash [11/20/1918] ]
[ Speech of Admiral W.S. Sims to Mine Squadron One [12/12/1918] ]
[ Certificate concerning Nash's authority to wear a War Service Chevron [12/25/1918] ]
[ United State Railroad Administration Furlough Fare Certificate [1/13/1919] ]
[ Letter relieving Nash from active duty [1/16/1919] ]
[ Letter relieving Nash from active duty [1/16/1919] ]
[ Letter to Supply Officer from Nash [3/19/1919] ]
[ Chronology of activity for the U.S.S. Roanoke for the year 1918 ]
[ Circular Letter No. 99 From Forece Commander to All Forces, Conduct of Officers while on shore. [September 24, 1918] ]
[ Regimental/Unit History of the U.S.S. Roanoke. ]
[ Letter to Parents [5/12/1918] ]
[ Letter to "My Dear Friend" [5/12/1918] ]
[ Telegram to Geo. J. Nash [5/21/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [5/22/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [5/28/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [6/6/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [6/13/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [6/23/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [6/30/1918] ]
[ Letter to Father [7/1/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [7/7/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [7/19/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [7/24/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [8/2/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [8/12/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [9/5/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [9/6/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [9/17/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [10/1/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [10/12/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [10/23/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [11/3/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [11/10/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [11/19/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [11/30/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [12/8/1918] ]
[ Letter to Parents [12/28/1918] ]
[ Telegram to George J. Nash [1/15/1919] ]
[ Telegram to L.B. Nash [1/21/1919] ]
[ Letter to Grandfather [11/25/1918] ]
[ Letter to Nash from "W. Durons [?]" [11/20/1918] ]
[ Letter to "Mr. Nash" from "Eve Master [?]" [7/24 with no year given]] ]
[ Invitation to a dance addressed to Lucius Nash [10/1918] ]
[ Postcard to Nash, picturing the Grand Hotel in Paris [1918] ]
[ Poem, "T.N.T. For Kaiser Bill" ]
[ Stationary in German ]
[ Registration Form For Use in Hotels, Inns, Lodging-houses, etc. ]
[ Christmas and New Years Card from the U.S.S. Conyngham [1918] ]
[ Pin: Farewell Dance by the Crew of the U.S.S. Ronaoke ]
[ Pictorial Letter Card, Souvenir of Newcastle ]
[ Program of dances for the Farewell Dance aboard the U.S.S. Roanoke ]
[ Program of dances for a Grand Ball aboard the U.S.S. San Francisco [2/18/1919] ]
[ Boston Navy Yard Pass [3/1918] ]
[ Program of dance given by the British Royal Navy to their American Comrades [11/28/1918] ]
[ Red tag labeled "Remove Before Submerging" ]
[ Token with room number for hotel ]
[ Registration certificate ]
[ Calling Card for Sub. Lt. C.M. Cross, R.N.V.R. [Royal Naval Reserve] ]
[ Calling Card for Sub. Lt. Basil W. Hallwood, Royal Navy ]
[ Newspaper & Magazine Articles in Re-Mine Force, United States Atlantic Fleet ]
[ U.S.S. Roanoke Wireless Press [October 10, 1918 ]

About this Item

Title

  • Lucius Byron Nash Collection

Names

  • Seekamp, Lynne
  • Nash, Lucius Byron

State of Birth

  • WI

Headings

  • -  Nash, Lucius Byron
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: USS Salem (CL 3); USS Roanoke
    • Location of Service: Scotland; Atlantic Ocean
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
    • Dates of Service: 1917-1919
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Unit histories [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1918)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [14 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1918 - 1919)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [35 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1918 - 1919)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [4 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1918)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [14 items] -- Photograph (collected 1918)
  • Artifact: Artifact [11 items] -- (collected 1917 - 1919)
  • Manuscript: Civilian papers (certificates, forms, wills, etc) [4 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1917 - 1964)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [33 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1918 - 1919)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/48229

Cite as

  • Lucius Byron Nash Collection (AFC/2001/001/48229), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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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/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), 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:

Seekamp, Lynne, and Lucius Byron Nash. Lucius Byron Nash Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.48229/.

APA citation style:

Seekamp, L. & Nash, L. B. (1917) Lucius Byron Nash Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.48229/.

MLA citation style:

Seekamp, Lynne, and Lucius Byron Nash. Lucius Byron Nash Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.48229/>.