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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Hugh Wingo Papers, 1944-1945

Manuscript Collection #677-008

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Title: U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Hugh Wingo Papers
Creator: Wingo, Hugh
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1944-1945) including correspondence, ship's roster, plans of the day, ship's newsletters, Japanese propaganda leaflets, money and miscellaneous.
Extent: 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.

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Accessions Information

June 10, 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, NC.

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

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Hugh Wingo

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Jones, November 1997

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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

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).

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

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 (November 11, 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.

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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