This collection consists of original correspondence from Lieutenant Senior Grade Richard N. Doolittle, United States Navy
to his wife, Ruth Doolittle, during the Second World War, as well as various correspondence to the Doolittles before the war
began and some ephemera from time spent overseas. Also included is a summary inventory created by the donor that lists dates,
summaries, and locations of each letter in the collection.
Lt. Richard N. Doolittle, USN and his wife Ruth Doolittle are from Pierre, South Dakota. Doolittle worked for the United
States Geological Survey when he was drafted in July 1941. He was sent to train in Washington D.C.; Norfolk, Virginia; and
other bases until his unit arrived in Port Hueneme, California. He began his military career as an Ensign in the 44th United
States Naval Construction Battalion (CB's or Seabees) and was deployed to New Hebrides in the South Pacific in March 1943.
His unit eventually left and deployed to Manus, an island in the Admiralties chain in May 1944 where he was promoted to Lieutenant
Junior Grade. They returned to the US, California, in January 1945 where he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to
the 46th Naval Construction Regiment by March. That unit deployed to Okinawa but the correspondence collection ends before
1 Linear Feet
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