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New in the Archives: The William J. Yager Papers

Dennis Riley 2 years, 3 months ago
William Yager receives Beneficial Suggestion Award, 1951 William Yager receives Beneficial Suggestion Award, 1951

The archives received an impressive collection of materials donated by William Yager who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1947 until 1965.  During World War II he served in the U.S. Army and was first hired at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on July 11, 1947 as a Welder Apprentice and later promoted to Welder Combination. During his 30-plus years of employment he received several promotions to Shop Analyst and Scheduler (Welder Combination), Shop Analyst and Scheduler (Welder), and Shop Planner (Welder). In 1963, Mr. Yager received a promotion to Industrial Engineering Technician in the Production Department, a position he held until the Yard’s closure.  In this capacity he was responsible for establishing methods and standards of doing various shipbuilding jobs.  Outside of his official duties, Mr. Yager was active in the Yard’s gun club.  In 1965, as part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s reduction in force, Mr. Yager transferred to the Puget Sound Shipyard for the remainder of his career.  Since then he has lived in Bremerton, Washington.

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New in the Archives: The Louis H. Kaplan Papers

Dennis Riley 2 years, 3 months ago
Photograph of the Machinery Division, 1913.  Louis Kaplan is third from the left. Photograph of the Machinery Division, 1913. Louis Kaplan is third from the left.

Louis H. Kaplan was born on September 29, 1893 and was first hired at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on January 13, 1912.  Originally hired as a typewriter, he was promoted to a clerk in 1916.  During World War I he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on August 8, 1918 and was discharged from the service on March 2, 1919.  After his military service, Kaplan resumed working at the Yard as a clerk.

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