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1. Overview of the Collection

 

Repository

McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator

Cameron, Eugene V.

Collection Number

M480

Collection Title

Cameron (Eugene V.)/U.S.S. Biloxi Collection

Size

1.17 Cubic Feet

Language

English

Dates

Circa 1944-1998

Collection Status

Fully Reviewed

Abstract

Eugene V. Cameron served aboard the U.S.S. Biloxi during his tenure in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  The U.S.S. Biloxi was commissioned in 1943 and served in the Pacific Ocean.  The ship was decommissioned in 1946.

 

2. Subjects

Eugene V. Cameron

U.S.S. Biloxi

WWII Pacific Campaign

Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

3. Biographical/Historical Note

Eugene Victor Cameron was born May 9, 1926 in Winterset, Iowa.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1944 and was honorably discharged on December 1, 1946. Mr. Cameron served aboard the U.S.S. Biloxi during his tenure in the Navy.  After World War II, Cameron worked as a truck driver and also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  He was married to Viola P. Cameron and no children were born of the union.  Eugene Cameron died on February 20, 1998.

The CL-80 U.S.S. Biloxi, the only United States Navy ship named for a Mississippi city, was present during every major military operation in the Pacific during World War II, from January 1944 to May 1945, and was awarded nine battle stars for her service.  The ship’s nickname was “The Busy Bee.”

The Biloxi was a Cleveland Class Light Cruiser, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia. The ship, which was sponsored by Mrs. Louis Braun, was launched on February 23, 1943 and commissioned on August 31, 1943. The Biloxi's captain was Daniel M. McGurl.

Despite being constantly placed in harm's way, the ship made it through World War II without losing a single man, although it incurred slight damage on March 27, 1945, from a kamikaze plane. On that day, the vessel encountered four of the Japanese suicide bombers, shooting down three and disabling the fourth to the point that it crashed into the ship. Fortunately, the bomb it was carrying did not explode. The crew later retrieved the bomb, disarmed it, resealed its head, and placed it on the quarter deck as a souvenir.

The U.S.S. Biloxi was scrapped in 1962.  The cruiser's superstructure was set aside and erected in the Guice Park near the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor on Lameuse Street. The ship's bell is housed in the lobby of the Biloxi City Hall.

 

4. Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, newsletters, news clippings and other materials related to the U.S.S. Biloxi. The collection contains seventy-five photographs and negatives.

 

5. Arrangement

The materials in the collection were organized by subject, grouping items by organization when possible (newsletters, photographs, U.S.S. Biloxi).  The photographs were kept in their original order.

 

 

6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

·       M275 Fike (Claude E.) World War II Diary

·       M278 Bullock (Pat H.) World War II Papers

·       M281 Hill (Chester W.) World War II Memoirs

·       M283 Okinawa World War II Photographs

·       M353 The U.S.S. Biloxi Collection

 

7. Administrative Information

 

Provenance

Donated by Madison County (Iowa) Historical Society, via Wendell Spencer, Curator, in 2007.

Use Restrictions

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation Method

In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Yvonne Arnold, Brandon Ball, and Jessica Clark, October 2013.

Sources

Contents of the collection.

Collection case file.

 

8. Container List

Box 1

Folder 1           Atomic Veteran’s Newsletter 1990-1991

Folder 2           Atomic Veteran’s Newsletter 1992-1993

Folder 3           Atomic Veteran’s Newsletter 1994-1995

Folder 4           Atomic Veteran’s Newsletter 1996-1998

Folder 5           Autograph Book circa 1944-1945

Folder 6           Cameron, Eugene V.: Biographical Information (1940s-1998)

Folder 7           Cameron, Eugene V.: Correspondence, General 1990-1997

Folder 8           Cameron, Eugene V.: Correspondence, Radiation Exposure 1988-1992

Folder 9           Cameron, Eugene V.: Correspondence, Military Records 1944-1990

Folder 10         Cameron, Eugene V.: Poem circa 1944-1945

Folder 11         Cards: Business and I.D. 1946; undated

Folder 12         Defense Nuclear Agency 1980-1991

Folder 13         “A G.I.’s Combat Chronology – Pacific, 1941-1945” September 1995

Folder 14         “In Defense of Northeast Asia” September 1995

Folder 15         Miscellaneous Materials 1990; undated

Folder 16         National Association of Atomic Veterans 1988-1991; undated

Folder 17         News Clippings 1945-1995; undated

Folder 18         Newsletter: “The Jerseyman” Christmas 1944

Folder 19         Photographs 1940s M480-1 through M480-12

Folder 20         Photographs 1940s M480-13 through M480-24

Folder 21         Photographs 1940s M480-25 through M480-35

Folder 22         Photographs 1940s; 1990s M480-36 through M480-45

Folder 23         Photographs 1940s; 1990s M480-46 through M480-56

Folder 24         Photographs 1940s; 1990s M480-57 through M480-66

Folder 25         Photographs: Negatives circa 1940s M480-67 through M480-75

 

Box 2

Folder 1           Seaweeds Ship’s History: World War Two Losses undated

Folder 2           U.S.S. Biloxi: Christmas Card circa 1944-1945

Folder 3           U.S.S. Biloxi: Deck Log – Remarks Sheet October-November 1945

Folder 4           U.S.S. Biloxi: Historical Information 1940s; undated

Folder 5           U.S.S. Biloxi: Journal August 1944-May 1945

Folder 6           U.S.S. Biloxi: Journal July-November 1945

Folder 7           U.S.S. Biloxi: Letterhead undated

Folder 8           U.S.S. Biloxi: Memoranda and Schedule 1944-1945

Folder 9           U.S.S. Biloxi: Menus 1944-1945

Folder 10         U.S.S. Biloxi: Newsletter, “The Busy Bee” Originals 1944-1946

Folder 11         U.S.S. Biloxi: Newsletter, “The Busy Bee” Photocopies 1944-1946

Folder 12         U.S.S. Biloxi: “Pacific Exploits of the U.S.S. Biloxi-CL 80”, by Hugh A. Eubanks, Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R. (Ret.)

Folder 13         U.S.S. Biloxi: “Pacific Exploits of the U.S.S. Biloxi-CL 80” (Copy 2), by Hugh A. Eubanks, Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R. (Ret.)

Folder 14         U.S.S. Biloxi: Programs 1945

Folder 15         U.S.S. Biloxi: Radio Press News 1944

Folder 16         U.S.S. Biloxi: Radio Press News 1945

Folder 17         U.S.S. Biloxi: Radio Press News circa 1944-1945

Folder 18         U.S.S. Biloxi: Reunions 1980-1989

Folder 19         U.S.S. Biloxi: Reunions 1990-1996; undated

Folder 20         U.S.S. Biloxi: “The Short and Active Career of the United States Navy Light Cruiser, U.S.S. Biloxi, 1943-1946” 1980

Folder 21         U.S.S. Biloxi: (CL-80) Association 1991; 1996

Folder 22         U.S.S. South Dakota: Crew Letter No. 10 July 4, 1945

 

Box 3

Envelope 1      U.S. Navy Ribbon undated

Envelope 2      Military Insignia undated

Envelope 3      Miscellaneous Medals 1991-1992; undated

Envelope 4      United States Navy Occupation Service – Asia Medal undated

Envelope 5      Miscellaneous Bullets undated

Sleeve 6          U.S. Navy Insignia undated

 

9.  Item List

Photograph Log

Box

Folder

Number

Description

Size

Type

Date

1

19

M480-1

Great Highway at the Beach, San Francisco

4 x 6

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-2

Greeting Card – Don Reilly

4 x 6

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-3

Sailor posing for photo – Identified as Boswell

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-4

Sailor posing for photo – Identified as Boswell

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-5

Two sailors posing for photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-6

Sailor posing for picture in doorway

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-7

Aerial photo of a city

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-8

First Division – U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-9

Photo of a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-10

Part of a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-11

Two sailors posing for photo – Identified as Eugene Cameron and Boswell

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

19

M480-12

Photo of a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-13

Aerial photo of a city and mountains

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-14

Sailor posing for a photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-15

Sailor posing for a photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-16

Sailor posing for a photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-17

Sailor posing for a photo in front of a building

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-18

Aerial photo of a port area

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-19

Aerial photo of a barren city

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-20

Structural Remnant

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-21

Aerial photo of a port city

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-22

Sailor in front of June’s Food Store

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-23

Aerial photo of barren area

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

20

M480-24

Aerial photo of a city

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-25

Eugene V. Cameron

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-26

Two sailors posing for a photo

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-27

Sailors on a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-28

Aerial photo of land and water

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-29

Aerial photo of buildings

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-30

Ammunition

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-31

Sailor, identified as Tucker, posing for a photograph with a woman

4 x 6

B & W

1944

1

21

M480-32

Four sailors posing for a photo

5 x 7

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-33

Aerial photo of a city; possible bombsite

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-34

Man standing next to ammunition on U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

21

M480-35

Close up photo of a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-36

Sailor posing for a photo

2 x 2

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-37

Two men at a desk posing for a photo

4 x 6

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-38

Two sailors posing for a photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-39

Sailor carrying a sack

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-40

Man posing for photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-41

Sailor posing for photo

2 x 3

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-42

Man posing for photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-43

Two men in front of Ekho Drugs

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-44

Two men talking on a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

22

M480-45

Two sailors posing for a photo

2 x 3

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-46

Sailor posing for a photo

2 x 3

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-47

Sailor with pipe posing on a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-48

Man sitting on cargo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-49

Sailor sitting on a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-50

Man sitting on a ship, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-51

A ship at dock, presumably U.S.S. Biloxi

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-52

A sailor and a woman standing next to a car

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-53

A sailor and a woman posing for a photo

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-54

Eugene V. Cameron with two women, identified as Bonnie and Bernice

3 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-55

Sailor standing in front of house

3 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

23

M480-56

Sailor leaning on a rail

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-57

Sailor standing on a pier

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-58

Two sailors standing in front of the U.S.O.

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-59

Sailor standing in front of a bridge

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-60

A sailor and a woman sitting next to each other

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-61

Aerial photo of a barren city

4 x 5

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-62

Two men standing in front of a tree

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-63

Man standing in front of a storefront

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-64

Photo of a 1000 lb. Japanese bomb dropped by a suicide plane on U.S.S. Biloxi at Okinawa

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-65

Photo of a 1000 lb. Japanese bomb dropped by a suicide plane on U.S.S. Biloxi at Okinawa

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-65

Photo of a 1000 lb. Japanese bomb dropped by a suicide plane on U.S.S. Biloxi at Okinawa (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

24

M480-66

Two men posing for a photo

4 x 5

Color polaroid

Circa 1990s

1

25

M480-67

Two sailors posing for a photo (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-68

Man with a pipe leaning against a pole (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-69

Man smoking a cigarette next to a vehicle (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-70

Two women walking down steps (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-71

Five people standing at the top of steps (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-72

Man standing on the edge of a pier (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-73

Woman sitting in the grass (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-74

Man leaning against a rail (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

1

25

M480-75

Four people sitting in front of a house (negative)

3 x 4

B & W

Circa 1940s

 

Artifact Log

Location

Artifact

Date

Size

Access

Box 3 Envelope 1

U.S. Navy Ribbon

Undated

1 x 26

Open

Box 3 Envelope 2

Military Insignia

Undated

1 x 4

Open

Box 3 Envelope 3

War and Unity, Biloxi V.F.W. Medal

1991-1992

Lapel pin

Open

Box 3 Envelope 3

U.S. Navy Honorable Discharge Medal

Undated

Lapel pin

Open

Box 3 Envelope 3

U.S. Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Medal

Undated

Lapel pin

Open

Box 3 Envelope 3

Aircrew Medal

Undated

Lapel pin

Open

Box 3 Envelope 3

Sharpshooter Medal

Undated

Lapel pin

Open

Box 3 Envelope 3

U.S. Marine Corps B.A.R. Small Bore Medal

Undated

Lapel pin

Open

Box 3 Envelope 4

United States Navy Occupation Service – Asia Medal

Undated

2 x 3

Open

Box 3 Envelope 5

Two Bullets

Undated

1 inch

Open

Box 3 Sleeve 6

U.S. Navy Insignia

Undated

4 x 6

Open

 

 

10. Publication  Information

 

Publisher

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections

URL

http://www.lib.usm.edu/spcol/index.php

Physical Address

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

Email Contact

To email, go to: http://www.lib.usm.edu/askalibrarian/

Revision Date

Last revised: 2013 November

 


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