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Cdr. Frederick L. Ashworth (USN) Collection

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Cdr. Frederick L. Ashworth held the title of Director of Operations of Project A (Alberta) on Tinian Island.  Also known as the 'Destination Team', this group of 54 men were comprised of civilian scientists and engineers, members of the Special Engineer Detachment, and U. S. Navy personnel.  Their responsibility was to assemble and make ready for delivery the two atomic bombs known as Little Boy and Fat Man.  He also flew as the 'Weaponeer' onboard Bockscar and was responsible for arming the Fat Man bomb during the flight to Japan. Cdr. Ashworth retired as a 3-star Vice Admiral and held a variety of important positions including that of Commander of the United States 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.  The below collection of documents include important memos and transcribed telephone conversations between him and Navy Capt. William Parsons, deputy director at Los Alamos.  The time frame takes place between February and August 1945.  Joseph Papalia, a member of our Board of Directors, has played an important role in accumulating these important documents and digitizing them for our web site.

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Photo of then LCdr. Fredrick Ashworth, Commanding Officer of VT-11, Guadalcanal - 1943 Photo of Vice Admiral Frederick Ashworth Memo from Adm. William Parsons to Dick Ashworth - Discussing alleged comments by Maj. Chuck Sweeney - 12/13/47 Memo from Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves to Cdr. Dick Ashworth - re: Sweeney Speech (Note 'Naval Observer' reference) - 12/24/47 Memo from Cdr. Ashworth Concerning the Travel of Naval Personnel to Tinian Island (Project Alberta) - Page 1 of 2

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Memo from Cdr. Ashworth Concerning the Travel of Naval Personnel to Tinian Island (Project Alberta) - Page 2 of 2 Memo from Cdr. Ashworth to Norman Ramsey - re: Questions regarding Tinian Island - 2/7/45 - Page 1 of 2 Memo from Cdr. Ashworth to Norman Ramsey - re: Questions regarding Tinian Island - 2/7/45 - Page 2 of 2

Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. Parsons to Adm. Purnell - 2/9/45 - Page 1 of 2

Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. Parsons to Adm. Purnell - 2/9/45 - Page 2 of 2


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Memo from Dr. Norman Ramsey to C. D. Shane (Site Y Personnel Dir.) - Reorganization of Group O-2 and Project Alberta - 4/12/45 - Page 1 of 2 Memo from Dr. Norman Ramsey to C. D. Shane (Site Y Personnel Dir.) - Reorganization of Group O-2 and Project Alberta - 4/12/45 - Page 2 of 2 Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. William Parsons and Cdr. Frederick Ashworth - 4/21/45 - Page 1 of 5 Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. William Parsons and Cdr. Frederick Ashworth - 4/21/45 - Page 2 of 5 Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. William Parsons and Cdr. Frederick Ashworth - 4/21/45 - Page 3 of 5

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Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. William Parsons and Cdr. Frederick Ashworth - 4/21/45 - Page 4 of 5 Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. William Parsons and Cdr. Frederick Ashworth - 4/21/45 - Page 5 of 5 Memo From Capt. W. S. Parsons - "Clarification of Responsibilities of Project Personnel - Destination Team" - 5/2/45 - Page 1 of 3 Memo From Capt. W. S. Parsons - "Clarification of Responsibilities of Project Personnel - Destination Team" - 5/2/45 - Page 2 of 3 Memo From Capt. W. S. Parsons - "Clarification of Responsibilities of Project Personnel - Destination Team" - 5/2/45 - Page 3 of 3

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Memo From Capt. W. S. Parsons - "Project Personnel Who Are Responsible for the Different Project Teams" - 5/2/45 - Page 1 of 1 Memo From Capt. W. S. Parsons - "Responsibilities of Different Project A Teams in Operations at Destination" - 5/2/45 - Page 1 of 2 Memo From Capt. W. S. Parsons - "Responsibilities of Different Project A Teams in Operations at Destination" - 5/2/45 - Page 2 of 2 Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. William Parsons and Cdr. Frederick Ashworth - 5/12/45 - Page 1 of 6 Transcribed Telephone Conversation - Capt. William Parsons and Cdr. Frederick Ashworth - 5/12/45 - Page 2 of 6


 

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