Rogers, Jay S.

Jay S. Rogers papers, 1918–1983.
1 box (0.2 linear feet).
About Jay S. Rogers

Jay S. Rogers (1898-1994) served as a junior officer aboard USS Olympia for six months in 1918 when she was escorting a convoy to Murmansk. Olympia was a protected cruiser in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War. She is most notable for being the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay. The cruiser continued in service throughout World War I and was decommissioned in 1922. As of 2008, Olympia is a museum ship at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About the collection

Journal of Ensign Jay S. Rogers kept during his service aboard USS Olympia, April 28, 1918 – October 30, 1918 with 30 photopostcards. Journal entries begin with a description of Olympia’s departure from the Charleston (S.C.) Navy Yard. The bulk of the entries date from May 1918, when the ship was docked at Murmansk, Russia. The photopostcards, including ten taken around Murmansk, illustrate many of the places and things described in the journal. The collection also includes one photograph of Rogers taken in 1983.

  • Olympia (Cruiser)
  • World War, 1914-1918 — Naval operations, American — Sources
  • Murmansk (Russia)
  • Arkhangel’sk (Russia)
Types of material
  • Diaries
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
Reference files
  • Olympia
  • Olympia, Officers and Crew
  • Olympia Images
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