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Cruise Books of the United States Navy in World War
NAVAL HISTORY BIBLIOGRAPHIES, NO. 2
As I began my effort about four years ago to update and
expand the information on naval cruise books during World War
II, I sought out Charles E. Dornbusch in the Catskill Mountains
of New York. Mr. Dornbusch, author of the 1950 original bibliography
on this subject, was retired as librarian of the New York Public
Library and maintaining a small book shop and publishing business.
He was interested in my planned research and encouraged me to
proceed. The numerous references to Dornbusch's work in this bibliography
attest to the excellent job he did more than forty years ago.
It is to my regret that he did not live to see this publication.
A number of book dealers specializing in naval and aeronautic
books have directed me to other collectors and called my attention
to books that I had not as yet included in my developing bibliography.
Among those most helpful were William Byrd, Los Angeles; Dan F.
Webb, Oakland, California; George Kastner, Los Osos; C.D. Perrotti,
Londonderry, New Hampshire; and Paul Gaudette, Tuscon, Arizona.
I refrain from mentioning the many private collectors who
have given me helpful information. I do so to protect their privacy,
and not from any lack of appreciation for their contributions.
The government libraries with cruise book collections have been
my most valuable source of information. John P. Cummings, associate
librarian of the Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy; Dan
Roth, curator of the Navy Supply Corps Museum; Dr. Vincent Transano,
director of the Civil Engineer Corps-Seabee Museum; Ken Snyder
of the National Museum of Naval Aviation; William P. Galvani,
director of the Submarine Museum and Library; Evelyn M. Cherpak,
head of the Naval War College Library; Jan Herman, historian of
the Naval Medical Command Archives; and Edward Von der Porten,
director of the Treasure Island Museum.
The staffs of the New York Public Library, Mystic Seaport
Library, and Admiral Nimitz State Historical Park were also most
A special note of appreciation goes to James T. Controvich.
He graciously shared with me an unpublished manuscript that listed
most of the World War II cruise books. This manuscript has been
valuable for adding new material and also for cross-checking my
I wish especially to acknowledge the help and encouragement
of Dr. Dean C. Allard, Director of Naval History, and John Vajda,
Director of the Navy Department Library, both at the Navy Yard,
Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C. They and their staffs
spared no effort to bring this project to fruition. Thanks go
to SSR, Inc., especially its editors, Karen L. Plante and Steve
Yoder, who copy edited the manuscript and prepared it for printing.
Their cooperation and encouragement is greatly appreciated. I
am also indebted to Dr. Allard for his Foreword to this book.