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NHF-032 Vice Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson Collection

Photographs from the career and personal life of Vice Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson, USN, who served 1908-1946, and held several significant commands during World War II. Many portraits of Wilkinson throughout his life, and photos of his wife and family. Ships include USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and USS Kansas (BB-21). Many photos have been assigned NH numbers.
Title: Vice Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson Collection
Caption: Photo NH 83936: Naval Cadet Captain Theodore S. Wilkinson, USN, at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, circa 1908.
Description: Photographs from the career and personal life of Vice Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson, USN, who served 1908-1946, and held several significant commands during World War II. Many portraits of Wilkinson throughout his life, and photos of his wife and family. Ships include USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and USS Kansas (BB-21). Many photos have been assigned NH numbers.
Accession #: NHF
Catalog #: NHF-032
Donor: Naval Historical Foundation
After this Year: 1887
Before this Year: 1947
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NHF-032-A

8 miscellaneous images, Wilkinson family and relatives and forbearers including:
1 photo of a miniature of General JAMES WILKINSON (Photographer: Lewis P. Waltz, Washington, DC);
1 photograph of General Wilkinson’s commission, signed by President James MONROE, 2 March, 1813 (Photographer also Waltz);
2 photographs of ERNEST T. WILKINSON (TSW’s father), as an ensign.
1 image of Lieutenant Colonel STARK (TSW’s great-grandfather);
1 image possibly of Wilkinson’s wife
1 image of an unidentified group of officers, c. 1890s, including Wilkinson’s father, Ernest Wilkinson.
1 portrait photograph of Ernest Wilkinson, along with a small newspaper clipping announcing details of his funeral (Photographer: Harris and Ewing, Washington, DC.) (moved to Oversize)

 

NHF-032-B

13 images of early life through US Naval Academy (Class of 1908)
These images include 1 picture of TSW as a child;
3rd and 5th grade class pictures;
S.P.S. “HORAE BOARD” at Concord, NH, c. 1903-1904;
2 images of TSW as a baby;
5 images of TSW as a midshipman at Annapolis; (NH 83938 moved to Oversize)
1 image as a Cadet Captain;
1 view of his room at Annapolis
Some of these images in NHC File under 83936-38 (inclusive).

 

NHF-032-C

One photo album, 104 pages, containing 60 photographs, covering the period of approximately 1908 to the 1920’s. Nothing is identified.
Ships identifiable: USS KANSAS (BB-21), shipboard scenes on Kansas; shipboard on USS FLORIDA (BB-30) showing Ensign TSW and his landing force company, probably prior to the Vera Cruz occupation, 21-22 April, 1914. Various unidentified personnel in the album are from the WWI period. There are also views of TSW and his parents; TSW at a wedding; TSW’s wife and children. Some views in file NH 83934,40-43.

 

NHF-032-D

7 photographs taken in the 1908-1935 period, including:
1 image of TSW as a Lieutenant, c. 1917;
1 image of the General Board, c. 1932 (NH-50175);
1 image taken while Lieutenant Commander TSW was at BuOrd c. 1920;
1 image of USS KANSAS (BB-21);
1 image of 3 destroyers at Charleston, S.C., c. 1920: USS OSBORNE (DD-295) [TSW’S first command], USS GWIN (DD-71), and USS DUPONT (DD-152);
1 portrait photo of TSW with the Congressional Medal of Honor, c. 1915 (NH-83933);
1 image of USS KING (DD-242);

 

NHF-032-E

12 images dealing with TSW as XO of USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35).
4 photos of unidentified enlisted personnel and CPOs;
4 photos of TSW
1 photo of TSW and Captain W.S. McCLINTIC, USN (CO);
1 photo of Captain W.S. McClintic.
All above, c. 1935.
1 photograph of Vice Admiral A.L. WILLARD on USS AUGUSTA (CA-31), c. 1931;
1 photograph of TSW in uniform.

 

NHF-032-F
1 image of a plaque, in honor of Lieutenant Junior Grade Luther WELSH, USN, who died in 1916 in the explosion of a submarine bomb at Indian Head, MD;
2 images showing  Invasion of Peleliu, September 1944, 1 shows Wilkinson conferring with staff aboard ship, the other shows landing craft approaching the beach
1 autographed image of Vice Admiral Adolphus Andrews, USN, taken 1 February 1941, aboard USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35), while commander, Scouting Force US Fleet.
1 image of Wilkinson with Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox (moved to Oversize)

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