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Operational Archives Branch
Naval Historical Center
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Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060

Papers of
Captain John Bracken

Scope and Content Note

These papers have been accumulated over the naval career of Captain John Bracken, USNR. They focus on two separate subjects that Captain Bracken was involved with in his naval career: the Nuremberg Trial Documentation and USS Marblehead.

The first series gives detailed information pertaining to the Nuremberg Trials. It entails official records, document translations to be submitted to the Tribunal, and other pertinent information including special reports pertaining to Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz. This information was all made available to Bracken when he served as a U.S. Naval Liaison to U.S. Chief of Prosecution, Justice Robert Jackson.

In the second series, Bracken is serving as ship's secretary on USS Marblehead. As a result he was able to provide a wide range of information on the activities of the Marblehead and the Asiatic Fleet during World War II. Captain Bracken's papers included excerpts from the official log and the quartermaster's log, damage reports and photos, action reports and other miscellaneous items of interest.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Papers of Captain John P. Bracken, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.

Subject Headings (LCSH)

United States. Navy--History--Sources.
World War, 1939-1945.
Marblehead (Ship).
Java Sea (Indonesia), Battle of the, 1942.
War crime trials--Germany.


1 cubic foot

28 June 2002