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Luther Samuel Ely Jr. collection

 File — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2009 Box 1 (09.0002-09.0044), Folder: 09.0022 - Folder 1
Identifier: 09.0022

Content Description

This collection relates to Chief Petty Officer Luther Samuel Ely Jr. who served as an Electrician's Mate aboard the USS Ordronaux during World War II. This collection contains a manuscript titled "World War II Experiences of Luther Samuel Ely, Jr." where Ely describes his experiences in Basic Training, at Fore River Shipyard, and in England, Ireland, and the Mediterranean from 1942 to 1944.


  • Event: Majority of material found within 1942-1944
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2010-04-10


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Luther Samuel Ely Jr. was born on May 3, 1907. On September 1942, Ely was drafted into the United States Armed Services at the age of 35 as a 2nd class Electrician. He attended basic training at Great Lakes Naval Station and Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. Ely worked aboard the Ordronaux destroyer from February 13, 1943 to 1944. He served aboard the ship in England, Ireland, and the Mediterranean. During his service, Ely made 13 crossings and logged over 200,000 miles. Ely passed away on January 13, 1998 at the age of 90. He is interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Brooklynn, Pennsylvania.


1 folders (1 folder)

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Martha O. Girton.

Luther Samuel Ely Jr. collection
Beatrice Dain
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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