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S-563 Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt Collection

Collection of 173 photographs related to specific aspects of the WWII US Navy service Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt. Highlights of the collection include Hewitt receiving the “Palm” for Army Distinguished Service Medal in France, 1944; activities in Algiers; aboard USS Ancon (AGC-4) during the Salerno Operation, 1942; the invasion and liberation of Southern France; relief as Commander, US Naval Forces in Northwest African Waters & 8th Fleet; and in Europe and Morocco, 1945-1946.
Title: Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt Collection
Caption: Collection photo # S-563.01 - portrait of VADM Henry Kent Hewitt, June 1944
Description: Collection of 173 photographs related to specific aspects of the WWII US Navy service Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt. Highlights of the collection include Hewitt receiving the “Palm” for Army Distinguished Service Medal in France, 1944; activities in Algiers; aboard USS Ancon (AGC-4) during the Salerno Operation, 1942; the invasion and liberation of Southern France; relief as Commander, US Naval Forces in Northwest African Waters & 8th Fleet; and in Europe and Morocco, 1945-1946.
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Catalog #: S-563
Donor: Admiral Henry K. Hewitt (via Naval Historical Foundation transfer)
Copyright Owner: Naval History & Heritage Command
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Below is an outline of each folder

 

S-563-A: Admiral Hewitt receiving the “Palm” for Army Distinguished Service Medal from LtGen. Jacob Devers, in France, circa late1944.

 

S-563-B: 13 portraits and other miscellaneous photos of ADM Hewitt, taken circa 1942-1946. FADM Ernest J. King is also seen in one image.

 

S-563-C: 13 photos relating to ADM Hewitt’s activities in 1942-1943, including: ADM and Mrs. Hewitt at a press conference, New York, January 1943; Hewitt presenting Silver Star medal to Major F.M. Rogers, USMCR; Hewitt with CAPT Robert M. Morris, USN, new USN representative at Algiers; and Hewitt onboard USS Ancon (AGC-4) during Salerno Operation, September 7-8, 1942.

 

S-563-D: 6 photos of Senator Richard Russell (of GA) visiting Algiers, August 12, 1943, inspecting HQ personnel of Commander, Naval Forces, Northwest African Waters.

 

S-563-E: 6 photos of Hewitt’s birthday party, given by his staff, ca 1943-1945.

 

S-563-F: 8 photos of Hewitt presenting awards on board LCT-24, at Naples, 1944

 

S-563-G: 23 miscellaneous photos of Hewitt activities in 1944, including press conference at Naples after Anzio landings, circa February-March, 1944; high ranking officers aboard USS Catoctin (AGC-5); inspecting crews of a French Cruiser (probably Gloire) and USS LCI(L)-194; at HQ of US Naval Detachment (place unknown) and inspecting ship’s galley; SECNAV James Forrestal and his aid CAPT Roper, at Naples (8th Fleet HQ), August, 1944; 8th fleet Christmas celebrations, 1944.

 

S-563-H: 16 photos related to the invasion of Southern France, August 1944, including: Hewitt & party on USS Catoctin and ashore; German prisoners of war, including VADM Ruhfus, German Commander at Toulon; German shells landing near French Cruiser Georges Leygues; LST unloading on beach and French troops marching inland after landing; local people greeting Allies; free French partisans routing up Collaborators; liberation celebrations in Toulon (see NHF-143-E for more images taken from this group)

S-563-I: 15 photos from Senate Sub-Committee visiting NAS Port Lyautey, Morocco, December 1944.

 

S-563-J: 9 photos of Hewitt’s relief as Commander, US Naval Forces in Northwest African Waters & 8th Fleet by VADM William A. Glassford, April 11, 1945 and Hewitt’s departure for the US.

 

S-563-K: 13 photos of Hewitt in Europe and Morocco, 1945, participating in ceremonies, inspections, awards presentations, etc. Other persons seen include: British Foreign Minister Bevin. Places seen: NAS Port Lyautey, Morocco (inspection of US personnel); Toulon (first anniversary of Southern France landings) and one photo taken aboard French Cruiser Montcalm.

 

S-563-L: 22 photos of Hewitt in London, 1945-1946, include: at English Speaking Union gathering with Ambassador Winnant and First Lord A.V. Alexander; at a meeting of US Naval representatives; presenting awards in ceremonies at Hyde Park and Grosvenor Square; presenting medals to distinguished British Naval Officers.

 

S-563-M: 16 photos of Hewitt’s activities in Europe, 1946, including: receiving a medal from Greek Navy Minister Peter Mavronihalis, Athens, circa April 1946; aboard USS Helena (CA-75), September 1946; at Southampton, England, 1946, with RADM Cooley and Sir Andrew Cunningham; with Ambassador and Mrs. Alan G. Kirk at Brussels, Belgium; at Copenhagen, Denmark with Mrs. Hewitt.

 

S-563-N: 12 photos of miscellaneous Hewitt activities in 1945-1947 and later, including: on USS Enterprise (CV-6) with British Frist Lord A.V. Alexander and ADM A.B. Cunningham; at Hackensack, NJ, for Armistice Day ceremonies, 1946-1947; at various locations in the for presentations and awards ceremonies

 

S-563-O: photo album containing 27 photographs taken at Manati, Cuba, April 1917 when USS Eagle (commanded by LT Hewitt) was guarding a sugar mill. The photos show ship’s crew serving as a landing party, on horseback, and in a machine gun carrying automobile. Also included are views of the salvage operations on the wreck of USS Memphis

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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