The correspondence and orders pertain to Rowney's different assignments, and includes forms for change of duty stations, commissions, temporary additional duty, personal letters of congratulations from Dwight D. Eisenhower, and documentation for all of the awards and citations, including The Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Gold Star and Air Medal.
Miscellaneous materials include a report on missions flown by Rowney (July 10-August 13, 1945) and an aircraft action report for Bomber-Fighter Group 88 (July 25, 1945) while attached to the YORKTOWN and aircraft carrier USS SHANGRI-LA (CV-38) near the end of World War II. Other items consist of a piece of cloth printed with an American flag and several languages explaining that the holder of this item is a downed American pilot and that any assistance rendered would be rewarded by the U.S. government. Also present is an emblem of the "Fighting 88", a "Crossing the Arctic Circle" certificate from the Royal Order of the Blue Noses, a history of Carrier Air Group 7 (1957) and biographical information on Rowney. The bulk of the collection is comprised of three scrapbooks and photographs concerning Rowney's naval career. The first scrapbook (1941-1942) documents the actions of the USS ENTERPRISE with hand-drawn charts including one showing the ship's location on certain dates, the battles fought, and the positions of the sunken aircraft carriers USS LEXINGTON (CV-2) and USS HORNET (CV-8). Other hand-drawn charts illustrate the Battle of Midway (June 6, 1942); the make-up of Task Forces 16 and 61 and the position of the ENTERPRISE and other ships within them; actions at Guadalcanal; and the near misses and direct hits taken by the ENTERPRISE (August 24, 1942). The scrapbook also contains photographs of damage to the ENTERPRISE and the Solomon Islands during battle (August 7-9, 1942), and a list of ENTERPRISE casualties (August 25, 1942). Throughout the book are ship's plans-of-the-day, war information bulletins, and news articles concerning various aspects of the war.
The second scrapbook (1943-1945) contains memorabilia concerning the ENTERPRISE, as well as materials pertaining to the USS YORKTOWN and Carrier Air Group 88 that was attached to it. Also included are construction statistics and details of actions in the Pacific Theatre during the war and a tracking chart of the YORKTOWN (July 1-August 15, 1945). Throughout the scrapbook are magazine and newspaper clippings concerning various aspects of the war and the YORKTOWN. The book's photographs have been removed. They are located in a separate file and primarily concern the occupation of Japan after its surrender. Interesting photographs include aerial shots of bomb damage to Tokyo and Tokyo Bay, atomic bomb damage to Hiroshima, the emperor's palace grounds, American prisoner-of-war camps, and various ships.
The third scrapbook (1956-1957) focuses on Rowney's years as commanding officer of Carrier Air Group 7 attached to aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-60) and the USS TICONDEROGA. This group participated in NATO maneuvers including a series of demonstration flights off Mayport, FL, called "Operation Lantflex" (June 1957) and an exercise over the Norwegian Sea called "Operation Strikflant" (September 1957). Also included are photographs of the SARATOGA and TICONDEROGA, as well as articles, clippings, and memorabilia.