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Mountbatten, Louis
Typed Letter Signed ("Louis Mountbatten") to William N. Campion, from on board H.M.S. Kelly, 30 Dec. 1940
1900. 1 vols. 8-3/4 x 7 inches. As Captain of H.M.S. Kelly, Mountbatten writes to Mr. Campion, of Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT: "I have received from the Ardath Tobacco Company Ltd., 3,000 cigarettes for distribution to my ship's company. I am sure that you will be glad to know how very much this handsome present has been appreciated by my officers and men. In point of fact, the parcel arrived on Christmas Eve, just as we were off to sea again. Its timely arrival as an unexpected present, distributed at sea on Christmas Day, made the whole difference to my ship's company, and I need hardly assure you that they are all very grateful to you." 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979) served as Supreme Allied Commander of S.E. Asia, British Viceroy of India, First Sea Lord, and Chief of the U.K. Combined Defense Staffs. His biographer, Alden Hatch, states, "THE THING LORD LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN LOVED BEST IN ALL THE WORLD WAS A SHIP-H.M.S. KELLY. WELL DID SHE DESERVE HIS DEVOTION, FOR IN HER HE ATTAINED HIS FINEST MOMENTS AND THE EMOTIONAL CLIMAX OF HIS LIFE." The Kelly, a K-Class destroyer of 1,695 tons with a crew of 240 officers and men, was Mountbatten's flagship during his command of the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla. She saw heavy action in the North Sea, and though torpedoed and bombed, proved indomitable in the naval engagements which made Mountbatten's name. Ordered to the Mediterranean, the ship was attacked near Crete on May 23, 1941 by 24 Luftwaffe dive bombers and sunk with a loss of 130 lives. All officers and men stayed at their posts, and the ship went down with all gu … [Click Below for Full Description]
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