Alston Ramsay Papers

Manuscript Collection #332
Ramsay, Alston, 1906-1975
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 25 items , consisting of correspondence, clippings, photographs, copies of an annual, two crewbooks and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Alston Ramsay Papers (#332), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1942-1962) including correspondence, clippings, photographs, copies of an annual, 2 crewbooks, speeches, programs, citations and menus reflecting career.

Biographical/historical information

Alston Ramsay (1906-1975) graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in 1927. After serving aboard several destroyers in the 1930's, Ramsay was assigned command of the destroyer USS Foote in 1943. In the South Pacific the USS Foote, under Captain Ramsay, assisted the Marine landing at Bougainville, took part in the Philippine invasion (1944) and the Lingayen Gulf invasion. In 1945 Ramsay was appointed executive officer at Subic Naval Base, Manila. After the war, he was in command of the Ammunition Depot in Charlotte, N.C. (1947-1949); participated in an expedition to Point Barrow Alaska; was in command of Naval Minecraft Base at Squadron Commander in the Sixth Fleet (1953-1954). While in Europe, Ramsay served as Deputy Director of the Morale and Welfare Division.

Scope and arrangement

The crewbook of USS Foote (1942-1945) contains a history of the ship, pictures of the crew, and poetry. Med Cruise describes the various ports visited by the USS Waller during the five month stint in the Mediterranean (1953-1954), and The Beacon (1962) contains a brief description of the careers of the class of 1927 at Annapolis. Issues of the ship newsletter Foote-Notes (1943-1944) contain gossip, anecdotes, and poetry concerning the wartime activities of the USS Foote ; and the scrapbook contains numerous photographs, newspaper clippings and magazine articles pertaining to Captain Ramsay's command aboard the Foote. Of particular interest are photographs of Admiral Arleigh Burke (1943); initiation ceremonies for crewmembers crossing the equator (1943); and duty at Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines (1945).

Other materials in the collection include clippings, speeches, programs, citations, and menus reflecting various aspects of Admiral Ramsay's career.

Administrative information
Custodial History

Feb. 8, 1977, 25 items; Papers (1942-1962) consisting of a scrapbook, clippings, photographs, copies of The Beacon (1962), USS Foote (1942-1945), Med Cruise (1953-1954), and miscellaneous. Gift of Mrs. Alston Ramsay, Salisbury, N.C.

October 14, 1981 (Unprocessed addition 1), 6 items; Letters (1974), citations, and a clipping. Donor: Mrs. Alston Ramsay

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Alston Ramsay

Processing information

Processed by M. Hart, April 1978

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Burke, Arleigh A., 1901-1996
Ramsay, Alston, 1906-1975
Corporate Names
Foote (Destroyer : DD-169)
United States. Navy--Military life
United States. Navy--Officers
Waller (Destroyer)
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American
Subic Bay Naval Station (Philippines)