Sylvester M. Kohut (1913-2001) was born in McAdoo, Pennsylvania. He attended McAdoo High School and Valparaiso University. In 1936, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After boot camp at Newport, Rhode Island, he also completed Torpedo School. He served on several Naval Ships. In June 1942, he was assigned to Submarine School, New London Connecticut. On Feb. 15, 1943 he was transferred to USS Jack. He also served aboard the Dixie, Balch, Grouper, Trutta, Queenfish, and Argonaut. In 1944 he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action against the Japanese. He entered the Naval Reserves in 1956, and retired in 1966. After his retirement Kohut obtained a degree from the Banking Institute and worked in a Philadelphia bank. Prior to his enlistment in the Navy, he served in “some kind of army unit or defense unit” (photo of Kohut at Fortress Monroe, VA, 1928-1932) that was “set up during the depression.”
This is a collection of papers documenting the naval career of Sylvester Kohut. Materials include: correspondence, service records, and certificates, including a “crossing the line” certificate; Navy basic training handbook on the use of tools, 1945; newspaper clippings; “Ancient Order of the Deep” wallet card; sketch of Kohut drawn by a member of his crew; miscellaneous materials related to ships on which Kohut served, including a history of the USS Jack, and a photocopy of the log of USS Grouper. Photographs in the collection include: a photo of Kohut in uniform and with his wife; his training company at Newport, Rhode Island; crews of Alstede, Balch, Trutta, and Grouper; photos of USS Jack, Dixie, and Trutta; and of social gatherings. The collection also contains documents related to Kohut’s receiving the Silver Star in 1944, including photographs, news clippings, and a citation.
- Military records