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Philip Koelsch papers

Identifier: MS 0568
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards, and memorabilia of Rear Admiral Philip Carleton Koelsch (1921-1993), a 1942 Naval Academy graduate, from his years of military service as well as that of his brother, John Kelvin Koelsch, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for whom the USS Koelsch (Destroyer Escort) was named. Koelsch family members are also represented in the collection.


  • Creation: 1812 - 2019


Access Restrictions

This material is available for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Note

Philip Koelsch graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1942 (class of 1943) and was commissioned an Ensign. Thereafter, he served on destroyers in World War II's Pacific Theater. In 1949, he resigned from his regular commission, accepted a reserve commission, and attended law school at Georgetown University. During the Cold War, Koelsch served on a destroyer in the Mediterranean. After being released from active duty, Koelsch served as the Commanding Officer of the Reserve Crew of a reserve destroyer station in Galveston. After becoming a Rear Admiral, Koelsch commanded all of the Naval Reserve activities in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Philip Koelsch received a number of awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, a Navy Commendation Medal, a Purple Heart, and eight battle stars.


10 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

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This collection contains correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, periodicals, books, and biographical sketches related to the Koelsch families.

Acquisition Notes

This material was transferred to Woodson Research Center in October 2010 by Francita Stuart Ulmer. An addendum was transferred in June 2013 by Francita Stuart Ulmer.

Related Materials

See Stuart and Allied Families Collection (MS 553)

Guide to the Philip Koelsch papers, 1812 -2019
Lee Pecht
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA