USN 37mm Automatic Guns

February 1, 2017

Here are all of the records I could find regarding 37mm Navy Automatic Gun, during two days in the National Archives, Washington DC. The search was done for my friend and fellow collector Hayes O.  A few of the images    Are not related to 37mm guns but resulted from the researcher being distracted.


John Morris




Indexible Insert Collection

November 3, 2016

Vernor Family History Notes

November 1, 2016

These papers were compiled by John aka Jack Morris of Walnut Creek, CA (1912-2005)

Link to his bio:

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October 31, 2016


Here’s a letter from Jean and another from Edie with many great photos!



John Adolphus Dahlgren archives

April 3, 2016

I’m posting information from the US Library of Congress and other sources , regarding the famous US Navy Officer John Adolphus Dahlgren, considered by many as the “Father of Modern Naval Ordnance.”  I spent many days in the Library of Congress and National Archives photographing this material, which I consider to be essential to understanding the tremendous technical contributions made by Dahlgren.  What you see here, although it looks like a lot, is a small fractions of what is available in the Washington, DC collections, not to mention several other Dahlgren archives in other places.  I’d very much like to see some institution or person do a systematic job (which I did not) of digitizing all of the known Dahlgren archives and making them available to the public.

John Morris

US Army Rocket, Boosted, HEAA, 70mm T262, Practice 263, and Proof T264, 1950-56

September 16, 2015

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January 28, 2013

1-page show flyer w-registration-091710


July 7, 2010


Devices of the Company
and Its Officers

Several devices are used to dignify and enhance

Company ceremonies, particularly the annual banquet which is conducted

as a formal mess. (Company Mess Rules).

The President’s Badge: Worn on a ribbon of

the Company’s colors (red, gray, blue) this silver badge is a restrike

of the U.S. Marine Corps shoulder belt plate engraved by Moritz Furst

in 1826. The badge was struck in silver using original dies in the

possession of Company Founder and fellow, J. Duncan



The Gavel: used by the President only

on formal occasions, is made from wood recovered from a U.S. gunboat

sunk in Lake Champlain in 1814.


The Sounding Board: made and presented by J.

Duncan Campbell in 1973, the sounding board is made from the wooden

propeller of a U.S. World War I aircraft dynamo.


The Founders Cup: The past presidents of

the Company presented this silver-plated wine goblet to the company at

the 2000 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. It honors the Company’s

founders. It was created by a Korean artisan from a brass 105-mm shell

casing fired during the Korean conflict. The company logo is engraved

on the front with the founders names inscribed alphabetically on

either side.


George Pappas, USA (ret.) presenting the Cup.


The Past President’s Badge: also the gift of J.

Duncan Campbell the badge is a restrike of an infantry shoulder belt

engraved by Moritz Furst in 1826. The first restrike was presented to

Former President James Hazlett at the 1974 Fellows Meeting in

Charleston, S.C.

&copy 2003, The Company of Military Historians. All

Rights Reserved.

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