LOUIS C. STROMP (1909-2001). World War II Papers; 1942-1946. .6 cu. ft.
Louis Charles Stromp was born in New Jersey in 1909. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in Newark, New Jersey, on August 8, 1942. Stromp trained as a medic at the 45th Evacuation Hospital at Fort Gordon, Georgia, until April 1943, when he entered Officers Candidate School (OCS) at State College, Mississippi. After completing OCS, he trained at the Port of Embarkation at New Orleans, Louisiana, before assignment to the Water Division of the Seattle Port of Embarkation as an officer in the Transportation Corps. From July 1943 to September 1945, Stromp served as the transportation officer onboard the USAT William L. Thompson for voyages from Seattle to ports in Alaska. While still in the service, he married Ruth I. Weck of Newark, New Jersey, on May 16, 1945. He was released from active duty at Fort Lewis, Washington, in February 1946. Louis Stromp died in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, in 2001.
The collection consists of the World War II era papers of U. S. Army Transportation Corps officer, Louis C. Stromp. The collection contains: letters (sent and received), memoranda, orders, promotion papers, award letters, pay and allowance forms, leave documents, property documents, miscellaneous personnel records, two photographs, notes and records from U. S. Army schools, newsletters, and various papers from service as the transportation officer on the USAT William L. Thompson. The majority of the letters are from Stromp to his mother and his fiancé Ruth Weck in New Jersey. Stromp’s papers from his service as transportation officer on the Thompson include: cargo letters, cargo manifests, cargo security officer’s reports, hatch reports, cargo voyage reports, baggage records, commissary records, a crew list, hatch lists, receipts for classified documents, ships records, stowage plans, vessel movement reports, and voyage logs (handwritten). Destinations of the ship included Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Seward, Port Heiden, Funter Bay, Whittier, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Chernofski, Nome, St. Paul Island, St. George Island, Adak, Attu, Shemya, Kiska, and Amchitka.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006 and 2007.
1. Letters sent to mother, Mrs. R. Stromp, in Irvington, New Jersey, from 45th Evacuation Hospital, Camp Gordon, Georgia; Aug. 30-Nov. 29, 1942 (19 letters).
2. Letters sent to Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, from 45th Evacuation Hospital, Camp Gordon, Georgia; Jan. 3-Feb. 26, 1943 (5 letters).
3. Letters sent to Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, from Company A, Class No. 7, Army Administrative Officer Candidate School, State College, Mississippi; Apr. 10-June 13, 1943 (5 letters).
4. Letter sent to mother, Mrs. R. Stromp, in Irvington, New Jersey, from Company A, Class No. 7, Army Administrative Officer Candidate School, State College, Mississippi; June 13, 1943.
5. Letter sent to Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, from Camp Harahan, New Orleans, Louisiana; June 24, 1943.
6. Letters sent to Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, from Army Transport Service, Seattle Port of Embarkation (SPE), Seattle, Washington; Aug. 13-Dec. 25, 1943 (15 letters).
7. Letters sent to Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, from Water Division, SPE, Seattle, Washington and U. S. Army Transport (USAT) William L. Thompson, c/o Fleet Postmaster, San Francisco, California; Jan. 19-Dec. 24, 1944 (32 letters).
8. Letters sent to Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, from Water Division, SEPE, Seattle, Washington; Feb. 7-Apr. 22, 1945 (12 letters).
9. Letter received from William H. Taylor, in Darien, Connecticut, sent to Transportation Corps, Cargo Operations Branch, SPE, Seattle, Washington; Jan. 13, 1944.
10. Letters received from Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, sent to Pier Operations Section, Cargo Operations Branch, SPE, Seattle, Washington; Oct. 29, 1944-Apr. 22, 1945 (11 letters).
11. Letters received by Ruth Weck, in Newark, New Jersey, from G. Evertz in Gandena, California (Mar. 9, 1942), and Florence Welter in Irvington, New Jersey (Aug. 23, 1944).
12. Memoranda; July 1943-Feb. 1946.
13. Orders; June 1943-Feb. 1946.
14. Promotion papers; 1942-1946.
-Certificate for promotion to Technician Fifth Grade, 45th Evacuation Hospital (Mtz.), Camp Gordon, Georgia; Nov. 16, 1942.
-Letter of temporary appointment to the rank of Second Lieutenant, Transportation Corps, Officer Candidate School, State College, Mississippi; June 23, 1943.
-Message of promotion to rank of First Lieutenant, Seattle Port of Embarkation; June 25, 1944.
-Memoranda of appointment to the rank of Captain, TC, Reserve, from Army Service Forces, Ninth Service Command, Headquarters Separation Center, and War Department Personnel Center, Separation Center, Fort Lewis, Washington; Feb. 27, 1946.
15. Award letters; 1944-1946.-
-Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; Feb. 15, 1944.
-American Theater Campaign Medal; Aug. 25, 1944.
-Overseas Service Bar; Aug. 25, 1944.
-Bronze Service Star; June 14, 1945.
-Letter of appreciation, Portland Port of Embarkation and Vancouver Barracks, Washington; Feb. 20, 1946.
16. Documents concerning Lt. Stromp’s recommendation that Captain Kenneth M. Simpson, USAT William L. Thompson, receive the Emblem of Exceptional Civilian Service, for actions taken during the rescue of survivors from the wreck of the SS John P. Gaines on November 24 and 25, 1943; 1944.
17. Pay and Allowance Account forms; July 1943-Dec. 1945.
18. Leave documents; 1943-1945.
19. Property documents; 1943-1946.
20. Miscellaneous personnel and other papers; n.d., 1942-1946 (draft board notices, motor vehicle permits, reports, vouchers, etc.).
-Graduation Dinner Dance, Class Number Seven, Transportation Corps, Officer Candidate School, State College, Mississippi, June 22, 1943 (program).
-Special Activities for March 1945, Fort Lawton Officers’ Club Ft. Lawton, Wash. (calendar).
-Russian Orthodox Church, St. Paul Island, Alaska (prayer text).
21. Photographs; n.d., 1942 (2 b&w prints).
-Portrait of Louis Stromp in uniform; Oct. 1942 (3 X 4 inch).
-Unidentified ceremony with military band; n.d. (8 X 10 inch).
22. Cargo Letters; Apr.-Sep. 1944.
23. Cargo Manifests for USAT William L. Thompson; n.d., Dec. 1943-Sep. 1944.
24. Cargo Security Officer’s Reports; Dec. 21, 1943-Oct. 2, 1944.
25. Cargo Security Officer’s Hatch Reports of Time Consumed at Destination in Discharging Seattle No. SE-937; Dec. 1943-Jan. 1944.
26. Cargo Voyage Reports for USAT William L. Thompson; July 13, Aug. 21, Oct. 11, 1944.
27. Cargo and baggage records; 1943-1945.
28. Commissary Records; 1943-1945.
29. Crew list for USAT William L. Thompson, Voyage No. 6; 1943.
30. Hatch Lists (Galena, Kodiak, Nome, Prince Rupert, Whittier, Umnak, etc.); n.d.
31. Railroad transportation records; Jan. 1946.
32. Receipts for Classified Documents; Jan.-Aug. 1944.
33. Receipts for Firefighting Equipment; Sep. 1944-Jan. 1946.
34. Ships Records; Dec. 1943-Jan. 1944.
35. Stowage Plans for USAT William L. Thompson, Voyages, 9, 10, 11; Mar. 12, Apr. 2, June 26, Oct. 2, 1944 (5 plans, 18 X 24 inch).
36. Vessel Movements Reports for USAT William L. Thompson, Voyages 11 and 12; July-Oct. 1944.
37. Voyage logs: Stromp’s personal handwritten logs; 1943-1945.
38. Supply course notes and forms; 1943.
39. Army schools notes and miscellaneous papers; 1942-1943.
40. SPE Transcor News: For the Personnel of the Seattle Port of Embarkation; July 1944, Feb., Mar. 1945 (newsletter, 3 issues).