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Ralph Kaspar Rottet Papers, 1936-1970

(Manuscript Collection #214)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Ralph Kaspar Rottet Papers
Creator: Rottet, Ralph Kaspar
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: 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.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Rottet
  • Gift of Ralph Sparhawk Rottet

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon, July 1975

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • North Carolina, Craven County

Autograph Entries :

  • Alankus, M. 1957
  • Crawford, W[illiam] G[odfrey] 1961
  • Emmons, Delos C[arleton] 1948
  • Hershey, Lewis B[laine] 1961
  • Lemnitzer, L[yman] L. 1961
  • Nation, William M[illage] (2) 1961
  • Schilt, F[rank] C. 1954
  • Shoup, D[avid] M. 1960

Subject Entries :

  • U.S.— MILITARY— Marine Corps— 1936-1970
  • WAR— WORLD WAR II— Campaigns— Marshall Islands

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

POPE PIUS XII
Description: Pope and American Generals
Location: Italy— Rome
Date: 1943
Call Number: p-214/74

U.S.— MILITARY— Navy— Ships— USS VON STEUBEN
Description: Launching
Location: Virginia— Newport News
Date: 1963
Call Number: p-214/72(779), 67(778)

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0214.1
Personal Files, 1936-1958
Box 2#0214.2
Personal Files, 1959-1970
Box 3#0214.3
Commendations, certificates, and photographs

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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