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Papers of Captain Ralph L. Lovejoy


Finding aid (Word)

Biographical Note

Captain Ralph L. Lovejoy served as the commander of numerous supply convoys in the Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean theaters during World War II. On 13 August 1942, his flagship, S.S. Delmundo, was torpedoed and sunk off Cape Maysi, Cuba. The British destroyer HMS Churchill rescued Captain Lovejoy and other survivors. Following the war, he was awarded a Bronze Star for his service and promoted to the rank of Captain while in retirement.

Scope and Content Note

The papers were donated by Captain Lovejoy's son, Willard B. Lovejoy, and span the duration of his naval career from 1919 to 1946. The collection includes official orders, personal logs, charts and logs pertaining to convoy duty in World War II, promotion and commendation documents, as well as photographs and assorted personal papers.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Papers of Ralph L. Lovejoy, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.

Subject Headings (LCSH)

Naval Convoys--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Naval Operations, American.
Sierra (Ship)
Hannibal (Auxiliary Ship : AG-1)
Downes (Destroyer : DD-45)
Wright (Airship Tender : AZ-1)
Richmond (Cruiser : CL-9)
Salinas (Oiler : AO-19)


1 cubic foot



Published: Fri Oct 04 13:24:15 EDT 2019