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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Virgil Duane Grier Papers, 1856-1865, 1943-1946

Manuscript Collection #677-038

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

Title: U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Collection: Virgil Duane Grier Papers
Creator: Grier, Virgil Duane
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: A Sketch of Naval Life (1856-1865) by John A. Grier and "The Escambia Scrapbook" detailing the experiences of the crew of the USS Escambia (AO-80) (1943-1946).
Extent: 367.0 item.

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

Accessions Information

December 13, 1995 (unprocessed), 2 items; "A Sketch of Naval Life" (1856-1865) by John A. Grier and "the ESCAMBIA Scrapbook" detailing the experiences of the crew of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) (1943-1946). Donor: Mr. Virgil Duane Grier.

December 27, 2006 (unprocessed addition 1), 365 items; Collection (1938-2005, n.d.) of manuscripts, printed materials, and ephemera relating to Yeoman First Class Virgil Duane Grier. Donor: Mrs. Linda Grier Pulliam.

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: Virgil Duane Grier Papers (#677.038), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Virgil Duane Grier
  • Gift of Mrs. Linda Grier Pulliam

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1#0677-038.1
    • Folder a#0677-038.1.a
      Papers (1895-1991) including A Sketch of Naval Life by John A. Grier, Ex Chief Engineer, U. S. N. The Yale, Englewood, Ill., Dec. 12, 1895. Photocopy typescript mss. 29 p.; ESCAMBIA SCRAPBOOK, compiled by Harry R. White, Virgil D. and June J. Grier [ca. 1991]. Photocopy typescript. Spiral bound. 88 p. Note: A Sketch of Naval Life has the following note: "Read before the Military Order of the Loyal Legion Illinois Commandery, Dec. 13, 1895," 2 items. 117 p. Recd. 12/13/1995
    • Folder b#0677-038.1.b
      Scrapbook (1942-1945) of memorabilia relating to the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) during World War II collected by Virgil Duane Grier and presented by Linda Grier Pulliam, including manuscripts, printed materials, photographic prints, maps, ephemera, etc. 1 vol. 80 items. ca. 150 p.
  • Box 2#0677-038.2
    • Folder a#0677-038.2.a
      Deck Log #1 (10/28 - 12/31/1943) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 1-67. Photocopy. 1 item. 67 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder b#0677-038.2.b
      Deck Log #2 (1/1 - 3/31/1944) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 68-203. Photocopy. 1 item. 135 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder c#0677-038.2.c
      Deck Log #3 (4/1 - 6/30/1944) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 204-329. Photocopy. 1 item. 125 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder d#0677-038.2.d
      Deck Log #4 (7/1 - 9/30/1944) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 330-436. Photocopy. 1 item. 106 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder e#0677-038.2.e
      Deck Log #5 (10/1 - 12/31/1944) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 437-563. Photocopy. 1 item. 126 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder f#0677-038.2.f
      Deck Log #6 (1/1 - 3/31/1944) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 564-676. Photocopy. 1 item. 112 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder g#0677-038.2.g
      Deck Log #7 (4/1 - 6/30/1945) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 677-806. Photocopy. 1 item. 129 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
  • Box 3#0677-038.3
    • Folder a#0677-038.3.a
      Deck Log #8 (7/1 - 9/30/1945) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 1-62 [63]. Photocopy. 1 item. 63 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder b#0677-038.3.b
      Deck Log #8 (10/1 - 12/30/1945) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 63-111. Photocopy. 1 item. 48 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
    • Folder c#0677-038.3.c
      Deck Log #10 (1/1 - 2/20/1946) of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) belonging to Virgil D. Grier, pp. 112-140. Photocopy. 1 item. 28 p. Note: Declasssified by NARA from Record Group 24.
  • Box 4#0677-038.4
    • Folder a#0677-038.4.a
      H.A.B. "IT" (10/29 - 12/29/1942) vol. 1, no. 1 - vol. 1, no. 5, newsletter of the U. S. Naval Reserve Air Base [ U. S. Naval Air Station], Hutchinson, KS. Mimeographed. 7 items ca. 55 p. Note. Bi-weekly.
    • Folder b#0677-038.4.b
      H.A.B.I.T (1/7 - 4/3/1943) vol. 2, no. 6 - vol. 2, no. [12], newsletter of the U. S. Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, KS. Mimeographed. 6 items ca. 84 p. Note. Bi-weekly.
    • Folder c#0677-038.4.c
      HABIT (4/17 - 7/24/1943) vol. 1, no. 1 - vol. 1, no. 5, newsletter of the U. S. Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, KS. Mimeographed. 7 items ca. 98 p. Note. Bi-weekly.
  • Box 5#0677-038.5
    • Folder a#0677-038.5.a
      The Growler (7/4/1942 - 4/3/1943) vol. 1, no. 1 - vol. 2, no. [8], newsletter of Moffett Field, California. Mimeographed. 21 items ca. 105 p.
    • Folder b#0677-038.5.b
      The Eighty Times (6/4 - 6/18/1944; 9/1/1945) vol. 1, no. 1 - vol. 1, no. 3; [vol 2, no. 1] newsletter of the U. S. Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, KS. Mimeographed. 4 items ca. 23 p.
    • Folder c#0677-038.5.c
      Lifelines (12/17/1974 - 12/17/1990) [vol. 1, no. 1] - vol. 16, no. 126, newsletter written and published by Virgil D. Grier for veterans of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) Photocopied. 127 items ca. 378 p.
    • Folder d#0677-038.5.d
      Lifelines (2/28/1991 - 9/13/2005) vol. 16, no. 127 - vol. 30, no. 222, newsletter written and published by Virgil D. Grier for veterans of the USS ESCAMBIA (AO-80) Photocopied. 95 items ca. 475 p.
  • Box 6#0677-038.6
    • Folder a#0677-038.6.a
      WVTY Presents Ulithi Encyclopedia, Volume the First, Edited by Hatae [a Ulithi native]. Ulithi: WVTY Special Projects Division, 10 March 1945) Mimeographed. 1 item. 31 p/ Note: Based on material presented in "Ulithi Encylopedia" the Sunday evening series of talks broadcast by Armed Forces Radio Station WVTY.
    • Folder b#0677-038.6.b
      32 Official Photographs of U. S. Navy Battleships, Heavy Cruisers, Light Cruisers, Destroyers, Submarines, Destroyer Escorts, P. T.-Boats. Reproduced from official U. S. Navy Photographs. (New York, NY: Plane Facts Co. n.d.) 1 item. 32 p. Note: Photographs in original envelope. Ships numbers marked on photographs; ships fueled by ESCAMBIA during World War II noted on verso of photographs.
    • Folder c#0677-038.6.c
      Castaway's Baedeker to the South Seas. 2d Edition. Prepared Jointly by Commander Air Force, Pacific Fleet and Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Areas, September 1943. Pamphlet. 1 item. 50 p.
    • Folder d#0677-038.6.d
      Navy Training Courses: Instructions for Use in Preparation for the Rating of Yeoman 2c. Edition of 1938. Prepared under the supervision of the Bureau of Navigation. Restricted -- For Official Use Only. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1938) Book. 1 item. 91 p.
    • Folder e#0677-038.6.e
      Navy Training Courses: Instructions for Use in Preparation for the Rating of Yeoman First Class and Chief Yeoman. Edition of 1939. Prepared under the supervision of the Bureau of Navigation. Restricted -- For Official Use Only. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1938) Book. 1 item. 105 p.
    • Folder f#0677-038.6.f
      SS ESCAMBIA Launching Program (4/25/1943). Broadside. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Framed.

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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