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B. P. Vosbury Papers, 1930-1932

 File — Box: 4256.001, Folder: 10

Scope and Contents

This file contains four typewritten letters from B. P. Vosbury to his mother, Katie Vosbury of Washington, DC, sent while he was serving aboard the USS Tracy (214) in 1930 and 1931 and aboard the USS Avocet (AM19) in 1932. The letters describe his tours on the US Asiatic Station and life in the Philippines and the South Pacific region in the years prior to World War II. There is a newspaper clipping about a tiger and python fight in Johore with the first letter (dated 1930 October 21), as well as three photographs (mentioned in the letter dated 1931 June 26) taken during a weekend leave showing the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Peiping (Beijing). There is also a clipping from the Malayan Saturday Post (1930 October 18) showing the US 15th Destroyer Squadron with an arrow pointing to Tracy.


  • 1930-1932


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Biographical / Historical

B. P. Vosbury graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1917 and served in the US Asiatic Fleet as a lieutenant on the USS Tracy (214), and then as lieutenant commander of the USS Avocet (AM19).


From the Collection: 0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Formerly MSS.1598

Local Identifier


Processing Information

Processed by Martha Bace, 2008.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266