Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Navy
  • Unit of Service: Chaplain
  • Location of Service: Korea; Vietnam
  • Highest Rank: Captain

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"You know, it's ministry to families, ministry to single men and to single women. It's ministry on marriage preparation and marriage counseling, the problem of drugs and alcohol and how to deal with that." (Audio interview, 3:32)

Ordained as a Catholic priest in 1945, Captain Victor J. Ivers decided soon after to become a military chaplain; by the 1960s, he had served abroad in Korea as well as throughout the United States. Throughout his time in the Navy, flexibility and versatility defined his approach to ministering, both aboard ship and while serving Stateside. From notifying sailors of family deaths and counseling submariners, to organizing Bible study groups and choirs, to caring for Vietnamese refugees in Guam at the end of the Vietnam War— he approached every task with the welfare of his sailors in mind, even serving chow and cutting hair aboard ship when needed.

Victor J. Ivers Collection
Interview / Recording

Transcript: XML

About this Item

Title

  • Victor J. Ivers Collection

Names

  • Cook Memorial Public Library
  • Ivers, Victor J.
  • Bassett, Ellen

State of Birth

  • IL

Home State

  • IL

Headings

  • -  Ivers, Victor J.
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Navy.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: Chaplain
    • Location of Service: Korea; Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1950-1980
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Navy
    • Unit of Service: Chaplain
    • Dates of Service: 1950-1980
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 11/22/2005)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 11/22/2005)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected 11/22/2005)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 11/22/2005)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/48492

Cite as

  • Victor J. Ivers Collection (AFC/2001/001/48492), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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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:

Cook Memorial Public Library, Victor J Ivers, and Ellen Bassett. Victor J. Ivers Collection. 1950. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.48492/.

APA citation style:

Cook Memorial Public Library, Ivers, V. J. & Bassett, E. (1950) Victor J. Ivers Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.48492/.

MLA citation style:

Cook Memorial Public Library, Victor J Ivers, and Ellen Bassett. Victor J. Ivers Collection. 1950. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.48492/>.