Ralph Kaspar Rottet Papers, 1936-1970

Manuscript Collection #214

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Ralph Kaspar Rottet Papers
    Creator: Rottet, Ralph Kaspar
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1936-1970) consisting of correspondence, orders, financial records, photographs, memorandums and certificates.
    Extent: 0.75 Cubic feet, 635 items , consisting of correspondence, orders, financial records, photographs, and certificates.
  • Description

    Material in the collection reflects fully General Rottet's career as a Marine officer.

    Correspondence, orders, and memorandums pertain almost entirely to Rottet's duty assignments, requests for transfer, travel, temporary duty, and other activities normally covered by personal military records. Letters from Naval and Marine officers comment on training exercises, maneuvers, and ceremonies in which Rottet or members of his command were involved.

    Also included are commendations for meritorious service, photographs reflecting Rottet's entire career, and award certificates.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Lieutenant General Ralph Kaspar Rottet (1911-1971) was a native of Jasper, Indiana. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934, he accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. Rottet saw action as a Marine pilot in World War II and in the Korean Conflict. He received the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Bronze Star with Combat V for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as a pilot during the Marshall Islands campaign of 1944. Among his assignments were Marine Aviation Planning Officer, Naval Air Forces, Pacific Fleet (1948-1950); commanding officer Marine Air Detachment, Naval Air Station, Minneapolis (1950-1951); Marine Headquarters (1951-1953); 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Korea (1953-1954); Asst. Commander, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Far East (1957-1959); and commanding general, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point (1959-1961). General Rottet retired in 1968 due to ill health. For additional biographical information, see Who's Who in America, 1969-1970.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    October 12, 1972, ca. 600 items; Papers (1929-1967), including correspondence, orders, photographs, certificates, financial records, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. Rottet, New Bern, N.C.

    June 22, 2001, (unprocessed addition 1), 9 pages 1 volume; Ralph Kaspar Rottet (Col., USMC) aviator's flight log book & loose items (file no. 04988), 6 July 1949 - 2 July 1954. 1 volume (130 p. used) & 9 loose p. (139 pages). Donor: Ralph Sparhawk Rottet.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Rottet
    Gift of Ralph Sparhawk Rottet

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Ralph Kaspar Rottet Papers (#214), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by D. Lennon, July 1975

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

Personal Files, 1959-1970
Commendations, certificates, and photographs

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Container List

Personal Files, 1959-1970
Commendations, certificates, and photographs

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