Leon Clemmer attended Northeast Manual Training, and then Hahnemann Medical College, a homeopathic teaching hospital in Philadelphia. After completing his internship, Clemmer enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 28. In addition to his talents as a physician, Dr. Clemmer spoke German, a talent that would prove a valuable asset in his tour of duty on USS Leonidas, in translating German communications. After short assignments on USS Hannibal and USS Tallahassee, Dr. Clemmer was assigned to Leonidas, and would remain with that ship for the duration of the war. Leon Clemmer’s son, Leon Clemmer, was a ship’s carpenter during World War II, and went on to become an architect. He was also an historian and researched the sub chaser.
This is a collection of journals, photographs, negatives, and other miscellaneous papers of Leon Clemmer (father), 1917-1919. The journals describe Clemmer’s experiences with the flotilla of sub chasers that sailed from Bermuda to Corfu in 1918. Photos include images of sub chasers (SC134 and SC165) and their crews; photos of Clemmer; and negatives of the ships and their surroundings during the WWI mission. Other papers include: commissions, awards, and honors of Leon Clemmer, 1916-1923; a map of Corfu; a Yugoslavian broadside announcing the arrival of Mr. Nelson from the U.S., and a concert program.
Research materials on sub chasers compiled by Leon Clemmer (son) include photocopies of photographs from the U.S. Navy Department’s records; newspaper and magazine articles about sub chasers; an instruction manual for the machinery plant of a WWI sub chaser; printed volumes; and correspondence related to Clemmer’s research.
- Negatives (Photographic)