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The USS Vulcan (AR-5), a Navy repair vessel commissioned on June 16, 1941, easily ranks as one of the U.S. Navy's most historic repair vessels. It played an active role in World War II, participating in the Battle of the Atlantic, supporting the invasions of Sardinia, Corsica, Anzio, and southern France, repairing ships damaged from kamikaze attacks in the Pacific, and serving during the Occupation of Japan (1945-1946).

In the post-war years the U.S.S. Vulcan continued to provide an important service to the Navy. Repaired ships manned the naval blockade during the Cuban Quarantine operation (November 3-29, 1962) and provided repair support to the fleet engaged in the Dominican Republic intervention of 1965.  On November 1, 1978, the U.S.S. Vulcan became the first non-hospital ship in the Navy to receive women officers.

The collection is a compilation of materials that crew member, Michael A. Southwood, gathered during his service on the ship from 1982-1983 for the purpose of writing the ship’s history. It includes historical material, annual command histories, memorandums, memorabilia, crew member recollections, press releases, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs. Aside from documenting the military actions in which the vessel participated and the activities of a repair vessel in the United States Navy, the collection also provides a glimpse into the recreational activities in which the crew engaged.

The Vulcan was based in Norfolk from 1954 until her decommissioning in 1991.

See Southwood's completed manuscript (from Series II, Box 2, Folder 5 of the collection), and read more about the USS Vulcan collection in the finding aid.

 
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