Chief Gunner's Mate John Henry Kauffman, USN
An Inventory of His Collection in the Navy Department Library
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|Repository:||Navy Department Library|
|Creator:||John Henry Kauffman|
|Title:||John Henry Kauffman Collection|
|Abstract:||Programs, Christmas cards, ship newspapers on other ephemera related to ships of the US Navy collected by Chief Gunner's Mate John Henry Kauffman while serving as an enlisted man in the US Navy.|
Biographical information on John Henry Kauffman is sketchy at best. From the materials in the collection it appears that Kauffman enlisted in the Navy during World War I and was assigned to USS Von Steuben (Id. No. 3017). After the war, Kauffman, who was promoted to Gunner's Mate Third Class (GM3c), served on a series of ships including USS Preston (DD-327), USS Tulsa (PG-23), USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), and USS Chaumont (AP-5). On 4 May 1936, GM1c Kauffman was transferred to the fleet reserve. He was recalled to duty on 30 September 1939 and served on USS Breese (DD-122) before the United States entered World War II. He was promoted to chief gunner's mate sometime thereafter and spent the better part of World War II at the US Naval Amphibious Training Base, Solomons Island, Maryland.
The collection consists of several file folders and loose material containing a small collection of official documents relating to Chief Gunner's Mate John Henry Kauffman's naval service, as well as programs, Christmas cards, ship newspapers and other ephemera relating to the ships on which he served.
The material is arranged in files by subject matter.
|Certificates, c. 1940|
|Includes Silent Mysteries of the Bering Sea Certificate.|
|Benefit Guide For Officers and Enlisted Men, 1940|
|Beachmaster U.S.N.A.T.B., Solomons, Maryland Vol. 1 No. 4, 5 May 1944|
Restrictions on Use
Manuscripts are unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of manuscripts is generally prohibited, though the use of digital cameras by researchers to reproduce non-copyrighted materials is permitted. Permission to photocopy a few pages may be granted by the reference staff, contingent upon the physical state of items. All photocopying of materials shall be done by the reference staff, or under their close supervision. The use of personal scanners by non-library staff personnel must be approved by the reference staff on a document-by-document basis (Reference: Naval History and Heritage Command Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.).
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Von Steuben (transport)
Cite as: Historical Manuscripts, Navy Department Library, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington DC, John H. Kauffman Collection.
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Thomas Wildenberg in August 2004.