U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Hugh Wingo Papers

Manuscript Collection #677-008
Wingo, Hugh
Physical description
0.155 Cubic Feet, 26 items , consisting of materials for the USS Lexington, including: ship's roster, plans-of-the-day, ship's newsletters, Japanese propaganda leaflets, money, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Hugh Wingo Papers (#677-008), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1944-1945) including correspondence, ship's roster, plans of the day, ship's newsletters, Japanese propaganda leaflets, money and miscellaneous.

Biographical/historical information

Chief gunner's mate Hugh Wingo was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-16) in the South Pacific during World War II (1944-1945).

Scope and arrangement

The collection consists of printed matter that includes a roster of gunnery department officers, air strike schedules, and "plans-of-the-day." These daily plans contain schedules, duty officers lists, notes, and standing orders. One plan (11 November 1944) contains reprinted comments from the senior medical officer of the hospital ship USS Solace (AH-5), praising the Lexington crew for their efforts in saving the lives of injured sailors from the Solace.

Of particular interest are the airstrike schedules for an attack on Saipan and Tinian islands in the Marianas (June 1944), and the flight schedule for operations in the South China Sea (January 1945). Several issues of "The Sunrise Press," a newsletter published by and for the Lexington crew, provides further details concerning wartime activities. Considerable detail was given to battles that the Lexington was involved in, specifically the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea (November 1944) and the Third Fleet's direct attacks on Tokyo (July 1945). These accounts mention the ships that were involved, targets, numbers of enemy forces destroyed, U.S. casualties, the surrender of Japan, and the U.S. occupation of Tokyo. General news concerned the European theatre and D-Day battles.

Miscellaneous items include Japanese propaganda pamphlets, Japanese and Chinese money, a Lexington trivia sheet with dates of engagements, and invitations to the Christmas and July Fourth parties aboard the Lexington.

Administrative information
Custodial History

10 June 1994, 26 items; USS Lexington (CV-16) materials, including ship's newsletters, plans-of-the-day, Japanese propaganda leaflets, and miscellany. Donated by Mr. Hugh Wingo, West Jefferson, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Hugh Wingo

Processing information

Processed by D. Jones, November 1997

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
Wingo, Hugh
Corporate Names
Lexington (Aircraft carrier : 1943-1991)
Solace (Hospital ship)
United States. Navy--Military life
Bombing, Aerial--Mariana Islands
Capitulations, Military--Japan
Propaganda, Japanese
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American
World War, 1939-1945--Japan
World War, 1939-1945--Pacific Ocean--Naval operations, American, [British, etc.]