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USS Houston Captain’s Night Order Book Donated to Library

Department News, USS Houston & Military History
USS Houston Donation

Lin Drees, Capt. Carter Conlin, USN (Ret.), and OSC Kendall Palmer, USNR (Ret.) present the Captain's Night Order Book to the UH Libraries. Behind them you can see part of the library's permanent Crusier Houston exhibit.

Special Collections recently added a new item to the Cruiser Houston Collection, a USS Houston (CA-30) Captain’s Night Order Book. A night order book is a notebook in which the ship’s commanding officer would write overnight orders concerning course and speed of the ship for the officer of the deck. This book covers the period from April 18, 1939 – October 16, 1940, and is signed by Captains George N. Barker and Jesse B. Oldendorf. It was purchased by a group composed of members of the USS Houston Survivors Association/The Next Generations, researchers of naval history, and members of the Texas Commandery of Naval Order of the United States, and donated to the UH Libraries.

Special Collections extends a special thanks to all the donors who made this acquisition possible:

  • Kendall C. Palmer
  • Ronald H. and L. Raney Drees
  • Barbara L. Raney
  • James E. Fisher
  • James D. Hornfischer
  • Larry and Linda Poole
  • Don Kehn, Jr.
  • AnnElise Golden
  • David and Cheri Burr
  • Kerry B. Magee
  • Carter B. Conlin
  • Matthew Rejmaniak
  • Anonymous Friend
  • Tony Parham
  • Leland E. Stewart

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